Indiewire’s Peter Knegt on Black Swan’s amazing opening:
Based on estimates for Friday night, Darren Aronofsky‚Äôs ‚ÄúBlack Swan‚Äù is heading for a massive limited debut at the box office this weekend. The film – a psychological thriller about a ballerina (Natalie Portman) competing for the lead role in ‚ÄúSwan Lake‚Äù – grossed $425,872 from 18 screens. That made for a $23,660 per-theater-average, and puts ‚ÄúSwan‚Äù on a path to a $1.2 million to $1.4 million gross (and a PTA of around $68,000-$74,000). To put that into perspective, fellow Fox Searchlight film ‚Äú127 Hours‚Äù similarly grossed $500,000 Friday night, but from 433 venues (or 25 times that of ‚ÄúBlack Swan‚Äù).
Having had a chance to look at Black Swan for a second time, I have to say it more than holds up. It plays very well on screener, too, which was something I was wondering about.