Joaquin Phoenix is making a comeback and, by all counts, he’s making it worth the name. His latest film, “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson has just set an all-time per-screen box office record, Slash Film informs.
Opening in only 5 theaters in the US, the drama, believed to have been inspired by the Church of Scientology, has generated massive ticket sales, further confirming what critics have been saying all along: this film will most definitely turn out to be an awards’ favorite.
opened this past weekend in five theaters and grossed $736,311 [€563,273] for a per-screen average of $147,262 [€112,568],” the e-zine reports.
This might not sound like a lot but, put into context, it’s actually a remarkable feat, one that even beats this year’s biggest seller, Marvel’s “The Avengers.”
“That’s the highest per-screen average ever for a live-action film with a traditional release. […] When The Avengers shattered the all-time opening weekend record in May grossing over $207 million [€158.3 million], it was on over 4,300 screens for an average of $47,698 [€36,460]. The Master tripled that,” Slash Film notes.
“The Master” also stars Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and is scheduled for wide release in October.