Harmony Korine's ode to debauchery and delinquent youth, Spring Breakers, opened in theaters this weekend. It did really well! It did well enough to warrant a separate report from our usual box office musings because, while it only opened in three theaters, it brought in an insane amount of money.
You only got to see Spring Breakers this weekend if you crammed into one of the three theaters in in New York or Los Angeles where it was playing, which happen to be among the biggest grossing theaters in the country: the ArcLight Hollywood in L.A. and the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square and the Regal Union Square in New York. Breakers pulled in $270,000 over the weekend, which averages out to about $90,000 per theater, and makes it the most successful limited release movie this year. It's drawing comparisons to the limited release performances of last year's The Master and Moonrise Kingdom, which were both big time awards movies, from Deadline's Brian Brooks.
It also should be noted that Spring Breakers is already Harmony Korine's most successful movie to date by a mile, the L.A. Times' Amy Kaufman was quick to point out. While plenty of people have seen, or at least heard of, his other movies like Kids, no one really paid to see them. His highest grossing movie before Breakers only took in $167,396 -- like, in all.