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‘A Man Called Otto’ Surpasses Expectations on the Box Office


An almost extinct species of theatrical movie — a standard drama geared toward older ticket buyers in the course of the country — sent a reminder to Hollywood over the weekend: In case you construct it (properly), they may come.

“A Man Called Otto,” starring Tom Hanks as a cranky widower, will collect roughly $15 million over the four-day holiday weekend in america, for a complete of $21 million since opening in limited release on Dec. 20, in accordance with Comscore. That sort of sturdy debut has recently escaped pedigreed dramas like “Babylon,” “She Said,” “Amsterdam,” “Till” and “The Fabelmans,” resulting in worries concerning the viability of dramas in theaters.

For probably the most part, these movies have been geared toward audiences on the coasts. “A Man Called Otto,” nevertheless, was marketed toward heartland audiences. Crowds got here out in places like Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver and Salt Lake City, box office analysts said. Not one of the top 75 theaters for the film were positioned in Los Angeles or Latest York, which could be very unusual.

Ticket sales were “particularly vibrant in small-town theaters,” in accordance with Sony Pictures Entertainment, which released the PG-13 film. About 60 percent of ticket buyers were female, and 46 percent of attendees were over the age of 55, Sony said. “A Man Called Otto” received warm reviews (68 percent positive, in accordance with Rotten Tomatoes), with the obviousness of the plot the first criticism. But ticket buyers loved it, as evidenced by a 96 percent positive audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“The audience for original adult movies will absolutely return to theaters, if we don’t forget them,” Tom Rothman, the chairman of the Sony Motion Picture Group, said in an email. “And in the event you are capable of ring a bell in Middle America, it will probably be especially strong.” “A Man Called Otto” took in 50 percent greater than the $10 million that analysts predicted going into the weekend.

“A Man Called Otto” cost about $50 million to make (not including marketing expenses), with financing shared by TSG Entertainment and SF Studios, a Swedish film and tv company. A remake of a Swedish film and based on a best-selling novel called “A Man Called Ove,” it’s the heartstring-tugging story of a depressed widower who finds himself in an unusual friendship with a recent neighbor. Hanks co-stars with Mariana Treviño and a cat named Smeagol. The movie was directed by Marc Forster, who is understood for “Finding Neverland” and “Quantum of Solace.”

The highest movies on the North American box office over the weekend were wide-release holdovers. In first place, “Avatar: The Way of Water” (Disney) collected about $38.5 million between Friday and Monday, for a five-week total of $563 million ($1.9 billion worldwide). “M3gan,” a horror comedy from Universal, ranked second, with estimated ticket sales of $21.2 million, for a two-week total of $60 million ($91 million worldwide).

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