While films like “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Creed II” dominated the nationwide box office this weekend, “The Favourite” became an instant hit at the specialty box office. The bio-dramedy is the most recent release from FoxSearchlight and “The Favourite” made an estimated $420K across four locations this week. That was enough for the film to take the top spot in the per-theater average, ending its opening week with a $105K average per location.
Yorgos Lanthimos directed the film, working from a script written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. The film has also been a hit with critics, currently sitting with a 95% rating on RottenTomatoes, and the film has a 78% rating with audiences.
Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” takes place in 18th century England while the country is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at return to her aristocratic roots. The studio teased the story adding, “As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.”
If you missed the official trailer for the film, you can watch it below.
All three actors are coming off massive projects and all of them were crowd favorites. Olivia Colman played Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown;” Emma Stone recently starred in “Maniac” across from Jonah Hill, she also played Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes;” and Rachel Weisz starred in the hit “Disobedience” with Rachel McAdams, and the film “My Cousin Rachel” with Sam Claflin.
“The Favourite” will most likely be the gem of the limited box office for the next two-weeks, but it will have a lot of competition in December. Peter Hedges’ “Ben is Back” with Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges is set to open against a number of films in early December, including “Mary Queen of Scots” with Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, and the film “Vox Lux” with Natalie Portman.
Since “The Favourite” is a limited-release, you will have to check your local listings to see if the film is playing in your area.