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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.

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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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