Favourite, The: One of My Favorite Movies Breaks Box-Offcie Records

Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite, one of the year’s best and most enjoyable films, opened in four venues in New York and Los Angeles, generating a hefty $420,000.

That is an average of $105,500 per location, ranking as the best theater average since “La La Land” ($176,221) almost two years ago.

The Favourite now holds the biggest screen average since Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” ($103,233) in 2017.

The studio plans to expand “The Favourite” next weekend to 30 locations in 7 markets including San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Phoenix.

Fox Searchlight will continue to slowly grow its theater count and hopes to get to its widest reach, around 600 theaters, by December 14.

“It’s way beyond our expectations,” said Frank Rodriguez, Fox Searchlight’s head of distribution. “There is so much competition in the marketplace, but it shows there’s room for other movies. Thank god for exhibitors knowing their audience was passionate about seeing the film.”

That showing marks one of the strongest openings in Fox Searchlight history, behind just Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which generated $202,000 per screen in 2014 and “Birdman,” Alejandro Inarritu’s best picture winning black comedy that picked up $106,000 per location the same year.

Yorgos Lanthimos directed “The Favourite,” an absurdist, darkly comic period drama that’s a solid Oscar contender. Set in the early 18th century, it centers on the up and down relationships between two cousins (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).