We’ll let indieWire break it…
The only truly disappointing development this weekend was the expansion of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” After two weekends of scorching per-theater-averages on 4 screens, the film – a stop-motion animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book – went to 2,033 theaters and fell short of its initial promise. “Mr. Fox” grossed $7,020,000 over the 3-day weekend, and $9,499,685 over the 5-day, averaging a less-than-fantastic $3,453 and $4,673, respectively. While it has already nearly outgrossed Anderson’s last film, “The Darjeeling Limited,” its family-friendly appeal and potent limited release suggested even greater things. Instead, the likes of “Old Dogs” and “Ninja Assassin” found much greater per-theater-averages.
On the plus side, Fantastic Mr. Fox has garnered Wes the best reviews of his career. The film is currently holding an 83 at Metacritic and a 92 at Rotten Tomatoes, the best scores he’s received from either of those review aggregating sites.
The only thing to do now is to tell your cussing friends.