Home Movies “The Master” Sells Out Its First Night of Shows

“The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic three hour film not about Scientology, opened in five theaters last night divided among New York and Los Angeles. Not too surprisingly, all the shows were sold out. “The Master” did about $48,000 per screen. And that will be the story for the weekend. The total three day take should be around $750,000. Next Friday “The Master” slowly adds screens as it ramps up through October and November and waits for awards season. We’ll keep an eye on it. The Weinstein Company is already doing well with “Lawless,” has done very well with “The Intouchables,” and has a slew of good films coming shortly: “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Killing Them Softly,” “The Details,” “Quartet,” and “The Sapphires.” Then the biggie: Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” They will yield an untold number of Oscar nominations, kids. The Academy could cut costs simply by having the ceremony in the Tribeca Grill! PS Home renovators: if you want to see how to get rid of an old toilet, pay special notice to Joaquin Phoenix’s method.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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