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Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino Opens With $1.9 Million on Christmas

Hateful Eight by Tarantino Opens Big in Two Ways

"The Hateful Eight" is a splashy thriller.
“The Hateful Eight” is a splashy thriller.

Quentin Tarantino made his new movie, The Hateful Eight as big and wide as possible, using his much-touted, vintage, 70mm camera lenses, which were famously used  for outdoor, epic movies. Hateful Eight’s opening shots are classically wide and sweeping. And so were the film’s opening numbers in theaters.

Christmas Day moviegoers showed Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” plenty of epic affection, as the limited-release 70mm roadshow launched with $1.9 million at 100 venues in 44 U.S. theaters.

The opening day lead into an impressive $5 million for the weekend — or around $50,000 per screen — for what is the largest 70mm release in the last 20 years.

The Weinstein Co. announced on Dec. 14 that it moved up The Hateful Eight’s wide release in the U.S. to New Year’s Day — a week earlier than previously planned — with the aim of taking advantage of strong buzz among fans and the industry. The Western carries a 76% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Hateful Eight stars Samuel Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.

Read The Film Box’s review of The Hateful Eight, by Helen Highly and see why she Highly Recommends the movie.