Based on estimates for Friday night, Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” is heading for a massive limited debut at the box office this weekend. The film – based on the true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco), a mountain climber who becomes trapped under a boulder and is forced to amputate his own arm – grossed $77,057 from 4 screens in New York and Los Angeles. That made for a $19,264 per-theater-average, and puts “Hours” on a path to a $230,000-$280,000 gross (or a $57,000-$71,000 per-theater-average).
Though its on the higher end of possibilities, that could potentially top “The Kids Are All Right”‘s $70,282 per-theater-average from 7 screens this past July, which is the year’s best so far.
Check back with indieWIRE tomorrow for a full report on the weekend box office, including three-day numbers for Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” which grossed a respectable $180,000 from 46 screens Friday, and could end up with a weekend gross of around $600,000.