Beautiful Boy (2018): Addiction Drama, Starring Timothy Chalamet in Another Oscar Caliber Performance

Beautiful Boy, the addiction father-son drama, starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell, opened strongly with $221,437 at four locations for Amazon Studios–an impressive $55,359 per-theater.

Chalamet stars as Nic Sheff, a young man who struggles with drug addiction, and Carell as his father, David Sheff. The film also stars Amy Ryan and Maura Tierney. It’s based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” as well as Nic Sheff’s “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” about Nic Sheff’s drug addiction and its impact on his family.

“The film is making a strong connection to the audience with its highly praised performances and portrayal of a family fighting to save their son,” said Bob Berney, head of marketing and distribution for Amazon Studios. “In addition, it’s reaching both younger and older audiences and initiating conversations about addiction in this country. We had sold out showings and fantastic Q&As on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon with Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and we had to add a few additional shows in NY as well.”

“Beautiful Boy” expands to top 10 markets next weekend before going into a wide release on November 2.

Felix van Groeningen directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Luke Davies. It’s produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Pitt as the producers. Chalamet received an Oscar nomination this year for best actor for his role in “Call Me by Your Name.” Carell was nominated for the same award three years ago for “Foxcatcher.”

“Beautiful Boy” premiered on September 7 at the Toronto Film Festival.

Reviews have been mixed, with only a 64% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes; it may be more of an audience than critics movie.