Once again, the box-office champ on a per-theater basis over the first three days of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain which grossed $5.8 million in just 683 theaters, averaging $8,430 per theater. Daily Variety observed that the film opened in a number of small markets where big grosses are rare for any movie, but that in the larger markets where it was shown for the first time, including Tucson, Little Rock, and Pittsburgh, it grossed well over $20,000 per theater. Brokeback is widely expected to win numerous awards, including best dramatic film, at tonight's (Monday) Golden Globe ceremonies and, as a result, increase its box office take substantially next weekend. In tonight's Globes competition in the best drama category, Brokeback faces The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, Match Point, and Good Night, and Good Luck.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by
1. Glory Road, 13.5 million; 2. Last Holiday, $13 million; 3. Hoodwinked, $12.2 million; 4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, $10.1 million; 5. Hostel, $9.6 million; 6. Fun With Dick & Jane (estimate not provided); 7. King Kong, $7.3 million; 8. Tristan & Isolde, $6.6 million; 9. Brokeback Mountain, $5.8 million; 10. Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (estimate not provided).
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.