Horror once again makes a fine showing, even in limited release! That’s right, kids. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (review here) sent feathers flying this weekend, and as a result it looks as if a wider than anticipated release is just around the corner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the film dove into 18 theaters in eight markets and came up roses with $1.4 million, or a Searchlight-record $77,459 per venue. One of the holiday season’s key platform pictures, Black Swan is set for an incremental expansion during the next few weeks and will reach at least 60 locations next weekend.
“We may increase that further, based on the weekend,” Searchlight senior vp Sheila DeLoach said. “But this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. So we don’t want to just blow it out, but we may do a few more theaters than we had planned next weekend.”
Set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. The script was written by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother, Erica (Barbara Hershey), who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
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