'Precious' Sets A Record

'Precious' Sets A Record

Many were frustrated that one of the most anticipated films of the year, Precious, only had a limited release this weekend. 

Published November 8, 2009

monique-precious Many were frustrated that one of the most anticipated films of the year, Precious , only had a limited release this weekend.  Don't fret, there will be a nationwide release this Friday and the 20th.

However, for the theaters Precious was in -- audiences spoke loud and clear.  There were reports of countless sold out shows with the movie only playing in 18 locations.  Precious raked in a whooping $1.8 million -- this sets a record for a film in so little theaters.

According to IndieWire.com, "a stunning $1,800,000 from just 18 theaters over the weekend, averaging an essentially unheard of $100,000. That gives it the third best live action per-theater-average of all time, surpassed only by 2006’s 'Dreamgirls' and 2005’s 'Brokeback Mountain.' However, those two films had opened on 3 and 5 theaters respectively. 'Precious'‘s wide-by-comparison 18 theaters make it all the more impressive."

Also, just in opening weekend numbers, Precious is the fourth highest grossing Sundance Narrative Grand Jury Prize winner since 2000. There are predictions Precious will be the highest grossing Sundance Narrative Grand Jury Prize winner of the entire decade.

Congrats to the director, Lee Daniels . Read our interview with him here !

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Written by Clay Cane

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