‘The Master’ smashes records opening in two cities
By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic September 16, 2012 10:54PM
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters (in millions):
1. Resident Evil $21.1
2. Finding Nemo 3D $17.5
3. The Posession $5.8
4. Lawless $4.2
5. ParaNorman $3
6. The Expendables $3
7. The Words $2.88
8. The Bourne Legacy $2.875
9. Odd Life...Timothy $2.5
10.The Campaign $2.4
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:21AM
Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult drama “The Master” commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing records on just a handful of screens.
The Weinstein Co. release made $729,745 in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of $145,949, according to Sunday studio estimates. The hugely anticipated film, which will open Friday in Chicago, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic cult leader and Joaquin Phoenix as his wayward protege.
The No. 1 film at the box office was “Resident Evil: Retribution,” which took in an estimated $21.1 million in its debut. That topped the 3-D re-release of the Disney Pixar animated favorite “Finding Nemo,” which opened in second place with $17.5 million.