Memorial Day weekend Moonrise Kingdom shattered records in limited release, earning an impressive $130,752 per screen in four theatres for an overall four-day gross of $669K. Expanding to 16 venues this week, with an average $53,043 per screen, Moonrise has now accumulated $1.46M, putting it on track to become Wes Anderson’s highest-grossing film to date. Forbes takes note of the importance of cradling an indie film in limited release to nurture word of mouth. The tiny film from indie distributor Focus Features opened in only four theaters (two in New York and two in Los Angeles), but if you look at the weekend’s box office on a revenue-per-theater basis, Moonrise Kingdom is the big holiday winner. The film earned $167,250 per screen (according to Box Office Mojo) compared to $16,478 per screen for Men in Black 3. But according to Focus Features (which is owned by NBC and Comcast), Moonrise Kingdom‘s box office was the highest per-theater for a non-animated film of all time. That shows the ministudio’s smart tactic for the film from director Wes Anderson… By releasing Moonrise Kingdom early and to such big per-theater box office numbers, Focus hopes to build up solid word-of-mouth for the film before it opens wide. The movie is getting great reviews from critics. It earns a 96 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, a site that aggregates reviews from around the country.