Last night at New York's IFC Center, Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" completely sold out its midnight screening - with many people even getting turned away.
“The energy and anticipation in the audience was thrilling as we gave away the new Chaos Reigns tshirts to the von Trier-iest fans who won the LVT trivia contests," IFC Films' Vice President & General Manager John Vanco told indieWIRE. "It was a great start to what I hope will be a great run for the film at IFC Center.”
It certainly bodes well for the film's six-theater North American debut this weekend - where in addition to New York it begins exclusive runs in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. But how high can the brutally violent and largely divisive film go? This should prove a very curious weekend for anyone that follows independent film box office with interest.
Von Trier's current top debut is 2000's "Dancer In The Dark," which managed $91,612 from 3 screens for a $30,537 PTA. "Dark"'s final cume of $4,184,036 is also the director's top domestic total. His last film, "Manderlay," averaged only $7,558 from 2 screens in 2006 and ended up with $78,378. Obviously "Antichrist" is a whole different monster than those films, but how that translates to box office is unknown. But that midnight screening is certainly suggestive. Topping "Dark"'s PTA doesn't seem out of the question, while a much more likely take over would be that of "In The Loop" as distributor IFC Films' best debut of the year (that film averaged $23,983 this summer).
Check out an exclusive clip of the film and a roundup of indieWIRE's coverage here, and check back with us this Sunday for a full report.