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.

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