Can you open a movie in 2013 on publicity alone? So far, distribution upstart A24 is proving you can. Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" debuted in only three theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend for a monster $270,000 gross or a might impressive $90,000 per screen.
Historically, "Breakers" now has the highest per screen sine "Zero Dark Thirty's" $83,430 in December and ranks alongside "The King's Speech," "The Tree of Life," "Lincoln" and "There Will Be Blood." Many were skeptical that "Breakers" could be a real hit, but no film that has debuted to at least $75,000 per screen has ever grossed less than $13 million and only two ("The Master" and "The Tree of Life") made less than $24 million. Hollywood will get a better idea of how wide "Breakers" can play when it expands to over 1,000 theaters on Friday.
The highest per screen for an art-house film is "The Master's" $147,262 per in five theaters last September.
Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco, "Breakers" received positive reviews as it earned a 64 rating on Metacritic and a 70% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It also earned raves from The New York Times, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, the Associated Press and London's The Guardian.
Again, "Spring Breakers" opens nationwide on Friday.
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Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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