Grand Budapest Hotel Claims Best Limited US Debut Ever

Film Review The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from writer-director Wes Anderson, has broken a record held by Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Wes Anderson’s eighth film has broken the U.S. record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time, earning a huge $800,000 at the box-office.

Released in only four theatres in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, The Grand Budapest Hotel averaged more than $200,000 per cinema, while The Master’s previous record averaged $147,000. The film earned $40,000 in late night showings on Thursday and $260,000 on Friday.

It’s quite an impressive opening for a limited debut, placing Anderson as the name behind two of the three top limited live action debuts. It looks like this film is going to be earning quite comfortably, if these early numbers serve as any sort of prediction.

The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Mathieu Amalric, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Tom Wilkinson, and Bill Murray.

The Grand Budapest Hotel will have a limited release in Australia on April 10, 2014 and is to expand to over 1000 screens in the U.S.