Box Office: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Has Biggest Limited Live Action Debut Ever

Stephanie Potter:

Must say I’m quite surprised by this news.

Originally posted on Variety:

True to its name, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has made a spectacular showing in the specialty box office, breaking the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time.

With a $800,000 weekend bow, Wes Anderson’s eighth feature film has stolen the art-house crown from “The Master.” The dramedy, which checked into only four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, averaged more than $200,000 per theater, overtaking the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama, which averaged $147,000. This marks the best non-event opening gross ever for a New York or Los Angeles premiere and the auteur’s most successful debut to date. 

“Grand Budapest” reeled in $260,000 on Friday ($65,000 per theater average) and an additional $40,000 in late night showings on Thursday.

“The Master” previously beat the record set by Anderson’s last film, 2012’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” With help from a Memorial Day weekend berth, that movie averaged a record-setting $131,000 in four theaters. Anderson now has two…

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