Big Box Office: “12 Years A Slave” Opens Huge In Limited Release

Fox Searchlight’s critically acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave” had a huge first weekend at the box office this past weekend in limited release.

The film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup as a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, opened in limited release in 19 theaters. The movie grossed more than $960,000, an outstanding $50,525 per theater screen.

According to Fox Searchlight, research polls for the film show it reached an “incredibly diverse audience.” The film has been “attracting both the Art/Specialty cinephile crowd as well the African-American audience. CinemaScores have come in with an overall grade of ‘A’ with a fairly wide spread in terms of age and demographics.”

Fox Searchlight will expand the theater count for “12 Years A Slave” more each weekend, and by Thanksgiving the movie will be in wide release.

The Steve McQueen-directed film, which also stars Lapita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard and Brad Pitt, is an Oscar hopeful.

The film has been audience favorites at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. will have additional coverage on this film in the days to come.

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