Uncut Gems: Josh and Benny Safdie’s Best Film to Date, Sets Box-Office Records

Uncut Gems, a suspense thriller, starring Adam Sandler in his best performance to date, established a new box office benchmark for A24, the film’s indie distributor.

Directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, the movie is set in New York’s Jewish-dominated Diamond District.

Uncut Gems generated a dazzling $18.8 million since opening on Wednesday. Those ticket sales bested “Midsommar” ($11 million) to become A24’s biggest five-day launch to date.

After a limited run in select cities, “Uncut Gems” has now surpassed $20 million in North America. Despite a harsh C+ CinemaScore from audiences, “Uncut Gems” is already one of the studio’s highest-grossing movies ever.

Critics have been far more enthusiastic than moviegoers, awarding the film with a 93% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Uncut Gems” has been a critical hit and could find itself in the awards race for Adam Sandler’s dramatic turn as Howard Ratner, a jeweler and compulsive gambler. The anxiety-inducing crime drama follows Howard as he makes a series of bold (read: questionable) bets to pay off his debts.

Lakeith Stanfield, Kevin Garnett, Idina Menzel, Julia Fox and Eric Bogosian also star.

“Uncut Gems” landed on various critics circles’ best of the year lists.

Sandler, who won the Best Actor kudo from the National Board of Review, is frontrunner for a best Actor Oscar nomination, which would be his first.