Fox Searchlight looks like it might have a big indie hit in Marc Webb’s “(500) Days Of Summer.” The Zooey Deschanel-Joseph Gordon-Levitt romantic comedy nearly cracked the top ten films at Friday’s daily box office, according to estimates. On only 27 screens, “Days” grossed an estimated $260,000. That could translate to a final weekend gross in the range of $850,000-$950,000, giving it an average of around $30,000. Only four 2009 films – “Away We Go,” “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Whatever Works” and “The Hurt Locker” – have opened to an average of $30,000 or more. However, all four of those films opened with a single-digit screen count. “(500) Days”‘s relatively wide 27 screen opening makes its numbers impressive.
Check back with indieWIRE tomorrow afternoon for a full report on this weekend’s box office.