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Holiday Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Breaks Opening Day Record For Limited Mid-Week Release

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 20, 2012 at 11:52AM

Sony is estimated that Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" managed $124,848 from just 5 theaters on its first day of release. That's a staggering number that amounted to a $24,967 per-theater-average for the day, a record for a mid-week limited release (topping "Cape Fear," "American Beauty," and "Little Miss Sunshine," among others).
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Sony is estimated that Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" managed $124,848 from just 5 theaters on its first day of release. That's a staggering number that amounted to a $24,967 per-theater-average for the day, a record for a mid-week limited release (topping "Cape Fear," "American Beauty," and "Little Miss Sunshine," among others).

The overall record for both opening day and opening weekend per-theater-average was broken just a few months ago by Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," which averaged a stunning $48,425 on opening day from 5 theaters (roughly double what "Zero" made). But it didn't open on a Wednesday. It will be interesting to see where the numbers for "Zero" go this weekend and how close it comes to the overall per-theater-average record (for a live action film) -- $147,266 -- that "The Master" set.

Check back with Indiewire through the holidays for updates on the specialty box office.

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