In the hours after the acquittal of
"This might be in bad taste," wrote Questlove Jenkins of the Roots, "but in light of this verdict? i really INSIST you people see Fruitvale Station not now but RIGHT NOW."
The musician was referring to
As early as Friday, it was clear "Fruitvale Station" was resonating with moviegoers. On Sunday, Weinstein Co. estimated that the movie would collect $377,285 by weekend's end. That would amount to a $53,898 per-theater average -- the third-highest of the year for a film in limited release, behind only
A manager at the Grand Lake who declined to give his name said the theater seats 550 patrons and nearly every one of the movie’s six daily showings was sold out.
The movie appealed to a wide swath of filmgoers this weekend; 43% of the crowd was white and 29% was black. About 32% of the opening weekend crowd was 25 to 34 years old; 18% was over the age of 55. The movie has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and earned an average grade of A from audiences, according to market research firm CinemaScore.