Opening on a crowded holiday weekend during which
That's a decent showing for a limited release movie on a busy weekend, though not quite as strong as Weinstein Co.'s recent four-theater opening of "Philomena," the drama starring Judi Dench and
Early last month, Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club" bowed in nine locations to the tune of $29,000 per screen, after Fox Searchlight's critical darling
"Mandela," directed by Justin Chadwick, has been mostly well-received by critics, with a rating of 60% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.
Elsewhere at the box office, "Philomena" made the top 10, taking ninth place with $3.79 million over the three-day weekend, and $4.6 million counting Wednesday and Thursday. Fox's family film "The Book Thief" generated $4.85 million over three days and $6.4 million for the full five-day holiday weekend, placing it at No. 7.
[For the record: An earlier version of this post misstated the three-day total gross for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."]