Fantastic Mr. Fox Box Office

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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.

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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.

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Mr. Fox Does Gangbusters at the Box Office

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox opened this week in New York and Los Angeles and performed extremely well.

Leading a hungry batch of openers was the limited debut of Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which was fantastic indeed with a $260,000 gross from just four screens.  The film – a stop motion animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel – managed to average $65,000 from its New York and Los Angeles screens, the year’s second best limited debut after “Precious.”  This bodes very well for the Fox Searchlight release, which will expand considerably in the coming weeks.  It was also pretty much on par with Anderson’s previous debut, “The Darjeeling Limited,” which averaged $67,469 from 2 screens back in 2007.

Read IndieWire’s full report here.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film has the 35th highest per theater average of all time. Not bad.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is currently in limited release, which expands this Friday and opens nation wide November 25th.

To take a deeper look at Mr. Fox‘s box office competition, read our story here.