‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Massive Box Office Opening

Call Me by Your Name, which has received some negative criticisms in the gay community and otherwise, is clearly showing that a little controversy can go a long way.  According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $412,934 over the course of three days.  That may seem like a little, but it's not.  The film only played at four theaters total, in New York and Los Angeles.

The Luca Guadagnino directed film just broke this year's record for the highest per-theater average opening at $101,219 over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Once again, only in four theaters.  

The film stars Armie Hammer as Oliver and Timothee Chalamet as Elio.  Its set in Northern Italy circa 1983, where Elio, 17 at the time, begins a relationship with Oliver, who happens to be his fathers research assistant.  The two bond over their Jewish heritage, his emerging sexuality and the gorgeous Italian landscape.

This sort of news will help propel the film and its stars as the award show season nears.  According to Gold Derby, experts are saying that Call Me by Your Name is a shoo-in in several categories, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Timothee.

Is this a film you plan on seeing during the holiday season? 

2 thoughts on “‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Massive Box Office Opening”

  1. I saw the film over the

    I saw the film over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  I was surprised at how big the turnout was for a 10am Sunday morning movie.   It's a beautiful film. Very cinematic and it captures the mood of the time and place perfectly.  When I found out James Ivory of Merchant/Ivory Films, wrote the screenplay, it made perfect sense.    Timothee Chalamet is  brilliant at portraying  an exceptionally bright, if somewhat jaded, 17 yr old navigating new and exciting and at sometimes confusing feelings .  Armie Hammer wouldn't have been my first choice, but he does a wonderful job portraying a young man giving himself over to love.  Also, the mother and father just might be the parents we all wished we had growing up.   It's not a big, high drama, spectacle with lots of 'keep em guessing turns' movie.  Its an intelligent, moving, thoughtful work of art that reminds you of what it was to be young and discovering sex and love in a very specific time and place.

    • I couldn’t agree more! I saw

      I couldn't agree more! I saw it at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the absolutely full to capacity theater would have agreed with you also! I thought both actors were perfect for their roles and the movie truly captured the time of life in which it was set. No high drama in the film, but very much heart felt love. I want to see it again!

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