Whether to celebrate the film’s smash box office in its limited 70mm Roadshow release or to calm fears over news that a handful of screenings have experienced projection issues, The Weinstein Company is moving up the digital release of Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” by two days.
The movie will open on 1,958 digital screens tomorrow, December 30, with pre-shows beginning as early as tonight. The movie will expand further on its previously announced December 31 date, while the current 100 select theaters will continue showing the film in its special 70mm Roadshow format.
“To see this film open at over $56,000 per screen in an amazingly crowded holiday box office has us all incredibly excited,” said TWC President of Distribution Erik Lomis in an official statement. “While we are beyond thrilled with the limited release numbers, the demand from moviegoers to see this film has exceeded our capabilities in 70mm, so we’re greatly looking forward to bringing it to more theaters and cities and give Tarantino fans across the country the chance to experience this brilliant, intensely fun piece of filmmaking.”
The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Demian Bichir and Channing Tatum. Russell and Leigh play a bounty hunter and his prisoner who encounter a group of suspicious strangers on their way to Wyoming.