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.