Oscar hopeful “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire” was a hit with audiences this weekend.
The gritty inner-city drama, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, made $1.8 million at 18 theaters in its first weekend of limited release, according to Variety.
The film scored an average of $100,000 per theater — reportedly a record.
By contrast, Jim Carrey’s “A Christmas Carol,” which won the weekend box office with $31 million, averaged around $8,600 per theater in 3683 locations.
As it eyes awards season, “Precious” has been a success with critics as well, earning an 87% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.