The Master was a splendid, outstanding, and bold love story about a outsider who longs for affection. Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest directorial effort had a limited theatrical release, but its box office numbers show that there was an audience interested in his work and Joaquin Phoenix’s return to the big screen.
In its limited release last weekend, The Master grossed $736,311. That’s in two major cities alone. Box Office Mojo, who did the math, says that The Master’s take means that it averaged $147,262 per screen. So with five theaters and two cities, one film managed to gross just under three-fourths of a million dollars, that says a lot about the film.
Compare that to the other weekend release, Resident Evil: Retribution and Finding Nemo (3D), The Master clearly outclassed them both in terms of box office revenue. While the two films did gross enough for the top spot at the box office, their screen average and theater count reveal that they didn’t near nearly as much as The Master did. Resident Evil: Retribution grossed $21.05 million and had a $6,989 per screen average, while Finding Nemo (3D) grossed $16.6 million and had a $5,746 per screen average.
But we must also take into account that The Master grossed so much with the help of inflation. With ticket prices where they are now, it’s not so surprising that The Master achieved the highest per-screen average for a traditional release. Still $147,262 is nothing to scoff at, and it’s quite an accomplishment for any filmmaker.
The Master expands into wide release this Friday, September 21. If you can check it out in 70mm.
[Source: Box Office Mojo]