Tambay Obenson reports on Indiewire that Selma made big bucks even in limited release. The full release of Selma is January 9.
Obensen: “Paramount opened the Ava DuVernay-directed “Selma” on just 19 screens in select markets, to a gross of $317,000, for a per/screen average of over $16,600. Those figures are actually quite healthy, considering that the film had quite a bit of high profile competition, namely, Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” which opened on 1,307 screens…”
Hollywood Reporter: Two other award contenders made their box-office debuts on Thursday: the Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma and American Sniper. Paramount’s Selma, opening in 19 theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, earned a strong $317,000.