After earning praise and top-notch reviews – including 100 percent from Rotten Tomatoes – Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut continues to make its mark.
“Lady Bird” rose last weekend to become the best limited opener of the year, IndieWire reports.
The film brought in $375,612 in its four-theater debut, averaging $93,903 per theater, according to Deadline.
“Lady Bird” is also the top specialized release of the year, claiming the crown from “The Big Sick” ($84,315 per theater average), and it’s the best since “La La Land” in December ($171,000 per theater average), according to IndieWire and Deadline.
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Looking at adjusted numbers, it tops Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” for the top limited debut directed by a woman.
“In a disappointing year, Gerwig proves that it’s is still possible to excite and expand the arthouse audience,” IndieWire says.
IndieWire also calls the film “the first breakout hit of the awards season.”
The film apparently saw sold-out shows at all four theaters over the week, according to A24, an independent entertainment company and the film’s distributor.
On Sunday, A24 said, “Exit polling shows sensational word-of-mouth and universal appeal from both younger and older audiences across the board.”
The film is coming to top markets next weekend and is set for nationwide release over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s currently being shown at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento.