News

'Love' Finds Audience in Limited Release

by Brandon Gray
November 10, 2003

HOLLYWOOD (Box Office Mojo)Love Actually wooed $6,886,080 from just 576 theaters, averaging a potent $11,955 per site - only The Matrix Revolutions's $13,842 was higher for the weekend.

True to its counter-programming aspirations, the "ultimate romantic comedy" played predominantly to those over the age of 30 (71%) and to females (69%). It was a more successful bid in the face of The Matrix Revolutions than Down with Love was opposite The Matrix Reloaded. The Renee Zelleweger romantic comedy fizzled last May with a $7,001,906 weekend at 2,123 theaters on its way to $20,305,251.

Boding well for Love Actually is that Working Title's romantic comedies, which almost invariably feature Hugh Grant, tend to open modestly and then enjoy leggy runs.

Last year's About a Boy debuted to a $8,557,630 weekend at 1,207 theaters and closed with $41,385,278, while 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary started with $10,733,933 at 1,611 venues on its way to $71,543,427.

Most comparable in terms of scope of release, 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral expanded to 552 theaters in its fifth weekend and earned $3,944,203 or about $5.9 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. It went on to gross $52,700,832 (or around $79 million adjusted).

Distributor Universal will unspool Love Actually at around 600 more venues on Nov. 14 and has penciled in another 600-theater expansion on Nov. 21 for a total of around 1,800.

'Elf' Stuffs Festive $31.1M > > >

Worldwide 'Revolutions' Yield $201M > > >



RECENT ARTICLES
1/18 Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
1/14 'Jumanji' Hangs On to #1 Spot Over MLK Weekend, Topping Four New Wide Releases
1/11 'Jumanji' Seeks to Hold Off Four New Wide Releases Over MLK Weekend
1/10 December 2017 Closes Out the Year with Record Grosses
1/7 'Jumanji' Tops the Weekend and $500M Worldwide as 'Insidious 4' Scares Up Strong Debut
12/28 Look for 'The Last Jedi' to Become 2017's Highest Grossing Release Over New Year's Frame
> MORE: News | Features
LATEST UPDATES
WEEKLY: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Tops the Week with $40.8m
DAILY: Thursday 1/18 (36 tracked)
DAILY: Wednesday, 1/17 (34 tracked)
DAILY: Tuesday, 1/16 (33 tracked)
WEEKEND: 4-Day Weekend Actuals, 'Jumanji' #1
DAILY: Monday, 1/15 (64 tracked)
WEEKEND: Weekend, 'Jumanji' #1
DAILY: Friday, 'Jumanji' #1
New MPAA Ratings Added
> MORE UPDATES