The Grand Budapest Hotel hit select theaters yesterday, and it's already director Wes Anderson's biggest opening ever. It made over $200,000 in just four theaters and is posed to hit half a million this weekend. That's not very much in normal box-office terms, but for an indie filmmaker, it's a hell of a lot. All of Anderson's films put together grossed less than $175 million.
The success is reportedly due to "Woody Allen status" — he has a very distinct style, a legion of fans, and can get big-name stars to take tiny roles. Positive reviews don't hurt, either. The Grand Budapest Hotel is getting even more critical acclaim than Anderson's last film, Moonrise Kingdom.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will expand to 1,000 theaters over the next few weeks.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]