One week after setting a per-theater record for non-animated films with a $130,752 average (in four theaters), "Moonrise Kingdom" expanded to 16 screens and grossed $849,000. That averaged out to $53,000 per theaters and puts Anderson's newest film at $1.7 million through two weeks of release.
According to a press release from Focus Features, "Moonrise Kingdom" saw its ticket sales increase by 42 percent from Friday to Saturday, which "reflects theaters adding more seats in response to demand (there were sellouts throughout the day)."
Starring Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel and Jason Schwartzman, "Moonrise Kingdom" focuses on two young New England pre-teens (played by newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who run away from home during the summer of 1965.
If the film continues on its current box office trajectory, it stands a good chance of becoming one of Anderson's biggest financial successes. The director's last film, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," earned just $21 million at the box office, while his previous effort, "The Darjeeling Limited," grossed just $11 million. Focus plans on expanding "Moonrise Kingdom" around the country at the end of the month.