On a mere three screens in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto, the Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films film earned $180,000 in its initial weekend in limited release. The box office intake marks the highest per-screen average of the year for a major studio release ($60,000), according to The Numbers (the-numbers.com).
Original Frost/Nixon stage stars Frank Langella (as former President Richard Nixon) and Michael Sheen (as talk-show host David Frost) reprise their turns for the big screen. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen. Playwright Morgan also penned the film's screenplay.
On Dec. 12, the film will expand to 39 theatres including engagements in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Delray Beach, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Montreal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC. The motion picture will open wide Dec. 25.
Producers include Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The film is rated R and is 122 minutes long. "Frost/Nixon," according to press notes, "not only re-creates the on-air [David Frost-Richard Nixon] interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed...all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion."
Frank Langella won a Tony Award for his performance as Nixon in the Broadway production. He is currently back on Broadway in the Roundabout's revival of A Man for All Seasons.
For more information visit www.frostnixon.net.