Three weeks ago, Risen earned $425,000 at 2,329 theatres the night before its official opening day. (Thursday-night previews are common practice within the industry.)
Last night, The Young Messiah earned $475,000 at 1,300 theatres.
So The Young Messiah earned more money in fewer venues: an average of $365 per venue compared to Risen’s average of $182 per venue.
Despite the fact that The Young Messiah has the edge here, most industry experts were predicting the film would gross around $7-8 million for the weekend — and as of this afternoon they have lowered their expectations to a mere $3.8 million, which would be way, way lower than the $11.8 million that Risen opened to.
As ever, we shall see. Sunday is still two days away. Let’s check back then.