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A History of Wes Anderson at the Box Office, From 'Bottle Rocket' to 'Budapest Hotel'

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 10, 2014 at 11:26AM

A history of Wes Anderson's films at the box office, from 'Bottle Rocket' to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
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No one can open an limited release like Wes Anderson. His last 6 films have all debuted on a handful of screens to per-theater-averages north of $55,000. On the list of all-time best per-theater-averages, Wes Anderson has 6 titles in the top 75. That's nearly 10% of the entire list for one filmmaker -- a truly incredible feat. And one somehow topped by this weekend's debut of his latest film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which with a whopping $200,000 per-theater-average easily became the best limited debut for a live action film ever.

It is notable that not all of Anderson's films made good on their initial per-theater-averages. Of his 7 previous films, only two -- "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Moonrise Kingdom" -- ended up becoming full-fledged box office hits, while the others varied from modest successes ("Rushmore") to disappointments based on their budgets ("The Life Aquatic," "Fantastic Mr. Fox"). And while it would be a big surprise if "Budapest Hotel" fell from that opening weekend grace to become any kind of disappointment, it seems like a trip down Wes Anderson-at-the-box-office memory lane would still be an interesting one as his latest film heads into expansion.

So in order of release date, here's a history of Wes Anderson at the box office (with bolded numbers suggesting the record holders):

"Rushmore"

Bottle Rocket (1996)
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Budget: $7,000,000
Opening Weekend: $124,118 from 49 theaters ($4,323 per-theater-average)
Final North American Gross: $560,069
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $1,058,000

Rushmore (1998)
Distributor: Touchstone
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $43,666 from 2 theaters ($21,833 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $17,105,219
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $28,115,900

The Royal Tenenbaums (2000)
Distributor: Touchstone
Budget: $21,000,000
Opening Weekend: $276,891 from 5 theaters ($55,396 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $52,364,010
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $75,375,900

"The Royal Tenenbaums"

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Distributor: Touchstone
Budget: $50,000,000
Opening Weekend: $113,085 from 2 theaters ($56,542 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $24,020,403
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $31,725,300

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget: $17,500,000
Opening Weekend: $134,938 from 2 theaters ($67,469 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $11,902,715
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $14,432,900   

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Budget: $40,000,000
|Opening Weekend: $265,900 from 4 theaters ($66,475 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $21,002,919
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $22,934,600

Focus "Moonrise Kingdom"

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Distributor: Focus Features
Budget: $16,000,000
Opening Weekend: $522,996 from 4 theaters ($130,749 PTA)
Final North American Gross: $45,512,466
Final North American Gross Adjusted For Inflation*: $48,238,500   

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Budget: Number not yet released.
Opening Weekend: $800,000 from 4 theaters ($200,000 PTA)
Final North American Gross: To be determined, but with that opening (Wes's best) anything under $30 million would be both surprising and disappointing.

*-Adjusted to reflect 2014 inflation.

This article is related to: Wes Anderson, Box Office, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fox Searchlight, Lists





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