'Inside Llewyn Davis' opening best-ever for Coen brothers movie


It only opened on four screens in limited release over the weekend, but people went in droves to see the new Joel and Ethan Coen movie "Inside Llewyn Davis," The Wrap reports.

The movie industry publication says the Minnesota-born filmmakers' folk music tale grossed an estimated $402,000 in theaters Friday through Sunday, making the $50,250 per-screen average the best-ever opening for a Coen brothers film.

The per-screen average doubled the previous high-grosser from the Coens – the crime drama "No Country for Old Men."

That film went on to capture Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2008, and grossed $1.2 million in 28 theaters in it's 2007 opening weekend for a per-screen average of $43,797.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" far out-distanced the weekend's No. 1 film, "Frozen," in per-screen average, according to movie industry tracker Box Office Mojo.

Playing on more than 3,700 screens, the animated Disney tale grossed an average of $8,456 per screen.

Starring Oscar Isaac as a struggling musician in the pre-Bob Dylan folk music era in Greenwich Village, New York, "Inside Llewyn Davis" expands to more theaters Dec. 20, including an exclusive engagement at the Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis.

The Wrap said the film won't open nationwide until January.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" is already a serious awards season contender, having secured major nominations from the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Earlier this month, the film won Best Feature at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, and the Coens received Best Original Screenplay honors for the film from the National Board of Review.

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