While folks outside of Quebec will have to wait at least a few more months to catch Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” (the American release is reasonably being timed for its potential Oscar nod in the foreign language film category), folks inside Quebec sure aren’t waiting: “Mommy” has already crossed the $1 million mark in the Canadian province, where it’s only been in theaters for 11 days.
Let’s make clear how big that number really is: Quebec has just under 8 million people living it, compared to 319 million in America. So making $1 million there in it’s first week (where it’s been in only 71 theaters), is basically the equivalent of making $40 million in America. Which is a testament to the taste of Quebec audiences: Can you imagine a film like “Mommy” making $40 million by its second weekend in America?
Also notable is that for Dolan this already makes “Mommy” his biggest hit at home, passing the $995,196 that “I Killed My Mother” made in 2009. His other films — “Heartbeats,” “Laurence Anyways” and “Tom at the Farm” — have made $507,995, $428,922 and $338,965 there, respectively.
Congrats to the folks behind the film, and here’s hoping this bodes well for the film’s release in America.