Renee Zellweger’s musical biopic “Judy
” enjoyed breakout box-office success not unlike that of its subject, Judy Garland
Boosted by Oscar talk for Zellweger’s portrayal of the famed entertainer, “Judy” struck a chord with moviegoers and collected a promising $3 million. That haul is especially impressive considering it opened in just 461 North American theaters, translating to $6,705 from each location and marking the highest screen average of the weekend. If its limited debut is any indication, “Judy” could end up in the category of prestige films that are both loved and seen. Next weekend, the musical biopic will expand to 1,400 to 1,500 screens.
“This is an incredibly promising start and bodes well for its future, both at the box office and during awards season,” said Paul Dergarabedian
, a senior media analyst with Comscore
. “If this film started in 2,000 theaters, you’re taking a huge risk. By going between that and a four-theater run,