The Weinstein Company have released two major Oscar hopefuls (and eventual best picture winners) in November the past two years, "The King's Speech" and "The Artist," both of which -- like "Silver Linings" -- were coming off hugely successful film festival runs. "Speech" averaged $24,630 on its first night, while "The Artist" averaged $18,864. Notably, each were just in 4 theaters, which surely boosted them relative to the 16 houses "Silver Linings" in screening in.
Perhaps a better comparison is a film that could be facing off with "Silver Linings" at the Oscars: "Lincoln." Last weekend, that film opened on 11 screens and averaged $24,376 on its first day, more than triple what "Silver Linings" averaged. It -- like "The Artist" and "The King's Speech" -- are extraordinarily high set bars for success, and its clearly way to early to judge the box office prospects of "Silver Linings" overall anyway. But so far it's off to a strong, but not quite spectacular, start.
Check back Sunday for a full box office report.