Box office bonanza: Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” sold out all its opening night shows in 100 theaters. There were no protests by anyone as the three hour plus intermission showing in 100 theaters scored $1,905,000 on Friday night. That’s $19,050 per showing. This is the “Star Wars” of independent films, in other words. Packed houses viewing 70 mm plus Ennio Morricone’s beautiful score. Yowza.
Elsewhere besides “Star Wars,” the other Christmas day opening hits were “Daddy’s Home,” and “Joy.” “Concussion” opened just fine, and “Sisters” is proceeding apace. “Creed” is going to cross $100 million this weekend.
Meanwhile, “The Revenant” opened in 4 theaters and scored $43K per screen. Many people stayed and watched to see who played the Bear. It’s still the most pressing question after How happy is J.J. Abrams?
Oh yes– Blah blah blah. Even as we speak, “Star Wars” is heading to $1 billion global, probably tomorrow. Last night they made $50 million. On Christmas Day. Up to $440 million this morning. Will cross $500 mil domestic tonight or early tomorrow.