The Scorsese Epic’s Opening Weekend
Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” has made quite the splash in its opening weekend, raking in $44 million globally. This is no small feat, considering the film’s $200 million production budget and the ongoing strike that prevented its high-profile stars from promoting it. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone.
Box Office Breakdown
The film grossed $23 million domestically and an additional $21 million from 63 international markets. While these numbers may not seem like a home run given the film’s hefty budget, they are respectable. The movie is expected to maintain strong holds over the next few weeks, potentially putting it in a more secure financial position before its eventual debut on Apple TV+.
Critical Acclaim and Audience Reception
“Killers of the Flower Moon” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has received stellar reviews. It currently boasts a “fresh” 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also received an A- grade from opening day audiences, matching Scorsese’s best-ever CinemaScore alongside classics like “The Departed” and “Goodfellas.” Interestingly, 46% of the film’s viewers were in the 18–34 demographic, defying the conventional wisdom that the film would skew older.
A Fresh Perspective on a Harrowing Story
The film is based on the non-fiction book by David Grann and tells the story of the systemic mass murder of members of the Osage community a century ago. While the book focused on the perspective of FBI investigators, Scorsese chose to center the film around a married couple, played by DiCaprio and Gladstone, thereby spotlighting the Osage community. The ensemble cast also includes Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, and John Lithgow.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” is a fascinating case study in modern-day film production and distribution. Despite challenges like a high production budget and an ongoing strike affecting its promotion, the film has managed to make a respectable debut. With strong reviews and audience reception, it’s a film that’s likely to continue generating buzz in the coming weeks.
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