Twilight was big. Four Christmases was bigger. But Richard Nixon was the one at the weekend box office.
Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon, the behind-the-scenes drama about TV host David Frost's showdown with the disgraced former president, put up blockbuster numbers in extremely limited release, per studio estimates released today.
Debuting at only three theaters, the Oscar contender grossed $180,147 for an eye-popping per-screen average of $60,049—1,000 percent-plus bigger than W.'s opening weekend average; 1,000 percent-plus bigger than the biggest film in this weekend's Top 10.
Per exit-polling data, Frost/Nixon's audience was surprisingly not entirely comprised of Enemies List alumni. Nearly one-third of its moviegoers were under 35, or most likely too young to recall Frost's 1977 Nixon interviews.