Royal drama “The Favourite,” which sees Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone spar for the approval of Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne, opened in New York and Los Angeles to the highest per-theater average box office since 2016 awards season frontrunner “La La Land.”
After having done the rounds of the film festival circuit over the last few months, “The Favourite” has made a play for Oscar eligibility and a theatrical audience with a four-cinema opening in New York and Los Angeles.
A four-screen availability might not seem much, but it’s the average box office per theater that’s causing a stir.
Its three-day, $420,000 USD haul equates to $105,000 per screen and makes “The Favourite” the best-performing limited release since 2016’s awards season frontrunner “La La Land.”
The tally makes for another piece of momentum-gathering evidence that “The Favourite” could end up ahead of its competition as Hollywood’s annual awards season progresses towards early 2019 galas held under the banners of the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards and, finally, the Academy Awards’ Oscar ceremony.
Since its Venice Film Festival debut at the end of August, “The Favourite” has already picked up awards from not only Venice but also the Hollywood Film Awards, Camerimage, the British Independent Film Awards and, notably, the Gotham Awards.
Over the same US Thanksgiving weekend, the Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali feel-good biographical drama “Green Book,” another hot awards season tip, expanded from a limited opening to reach wider audiences through 1,000 theaters, passing $7m overall.
And, at the same time, Spanish-language “Roma” — the latest from 2014’s double Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón, and a Golden Lion award winner in Venice — was thought to have won over prospective audiences to the tune of $200,000 shared between three New York theaters over a five-day period.
The number is uncorroborated by Netflix which, as usual, hasn’t released figures to support the movie’s apparent strong performance; “Roma” releases on the streaming network from December 14.