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by Peter Knegt
March 15, 2014 12:28 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Budapest Hotel' Jumps Into Top 10 In Just 66 Theaters (And Beats 'Veronica Mars')

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

After a record breaking debut last weekend, Fox Searchlight expanded Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" from 4 to 66 theaters this weekend and saw no signs of slowing down.

The film -- which stars Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody and Jude Law, among many others -- grossed $1,087,000 on Friday, which made for a very grand $16,470 per-theater-average. That put the film in 8th place on the overall box office chart, ahead of films playing in over 1,000 more theaters.  It also beat the first night of the "Veronica Mars" movie, which took in $1,004,000 from 291 theaters, averaging $3,450. Which notably is not a bad number at all (especially considering its VOD release), just not quite "Budapest" dollars.

"Budapest" is on track to gross $3.2-$3.7 million for the weekend, making for a per-theater-average north of $50,000. "Veronica" should gross between $2.1 and $2.4 million, averaging $7,732. Numbers that should make everyone happy, though the happiest folks will clearly be everyone behind "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which has the momentum to become a serious breakout hit.

Check back for official estimates come tomorrow.


5 Comments

  • jens | March 16, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    This  Hotel in top 10! =)

  • Michael | March 15, 2014 10:09 PMReply

    Comparing Veronica Mars' box office results with Grand Budapest is difficult to do for me. One is film from a widely respected director, leading an incredible cast. And the other is a film that required its fans to support it for it to be made at all. Viewing this information from another perspective, it is quite amazing that Veronica Mars made nearly as much as Grand Budapest, even considering Veronica Mars is on substantially more screens. A well-known commodity vs. a show that left the air more than a few years ago, only reaching its semi-cult status after it was gone? And I'm not taking away anything from VM. I really enjoyed the show when it was on, and I will definitely see it soon. But I am not sure we are making the right comparison, beyond the black and white terms of total gross.

  • Lori | March 15, 2014 8:25 PMReply

    Do you know where it is playing? Or how I can find out?

  • Jon | March 15, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Wow! You mean a film with a stellar cast and incredible script made it big? What will they think of next?

  • Bobmcfuk | March 15, 2014 2:36 PMReply

    Hurray!