Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“Silver Linings Playbook” Will Break $100 Million By Tuesday (Actually Today)


UPDATE: I underestimated–“Silver Linings” will break $100 million today. Congrats!

Earlier: It’s taken 14 weeks–14 long weeks– but “Silver Linings Playbook” will cross the $100 million mark probably by Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest. As of last night David O. Russell’s exceptional comedy-drama has made $98,462,000. And that’s not counting healthy foreign ticket sales of $40 million. Unusual? Yes, because it’s a finely wrought comedy with dark undertones. And this weekend, when it should have dropped off a bit, “SLP” did over $6 million. I have a feeling there’s a lot of repeat business.

It’s also the first movie since Warren Beatty’s “Reds” in 1981 to score all the major Oscar nominations–all four acting noms, Best Director, and screenplay. Jennifer Lawrence is the odds on favorite for Best Actress, and I said in Toronto that Robert DeNiro could win Best Supporting Actor. Russell picked up Best Screenplay/Comedy, Musical at BAFTA.

The fact that “SLP” is crossing the $100 million mark is exceptional because it languished in limited release for a long, long time. Now it’s on a roll. From the beginning nearly everyone who saw it loved “Silver Linings.” It’s the only Best Picture nominee that leaves a lump in your throat. And while the family in that Philadelphia house seems to be out of control, they are anything but– Russell turned them into a beautiful little quartet. Cooper, DeNiro, Lawrence, and Weaver are outstanding.

Russell missed the red carpet tonight in LA at the Writers Guild Awards-West. And even though “Argo” won Best Adapted Screenplay, Russell, our LEAH SYDNEY reports, was welcomed like a winner. (Russell later picked up an Award at the LA-Italia festival. That’s where the picture is from above.)

Two more days to vote for the Oscars. Academy ballots must be back by Tues Feb 19th at 5pm. And even if “Silver Linings” doesn’t win Best Picture, its box office numbers assure it — along with its many accolades and rave reviews– of status as an instant classic.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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