News: Fans Line Up For "Notorious," Biggie Film Grosses Over $20 Million

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 9:11AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The long-awaited biopic Notorious debuted at No. 4 over the weekend with more than $20 million in box office sales.

Its' nationwide release had a large impact at theaters.

Notorious, a biopic of slain rap artist Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., grossed an estimated $21.5 million from 1,638 theaters to post the best per-location average -- $13,126 -- of the weekend. Film was distributed by Fox but produced and marketed by Fox Searchlight. Opening is the biggest ever for the specialty unit. (Variety)

Executives have reacted to the film's strong debut performance.

Notorious beat box-office expectations, said Chris Aronson, senior vice president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox. Aronson said the studio expected a strong showing because of Notorious B.I.G.'s prominence, but this weekend's competition appeared especially strong. The estimated $21.5-million three-day gross for Notorious showed it was more popular than expected beyond African American audiences. We crossed over, which speaks volumes about his impact as a cultural icon," Aronson said. (Los Angeles Times)

The success comes days after a near-fatal stabbing took place at a Notorious event.

Four men were been stabbed at a Brooklyn nightclub advertising the "official" after-party for the opening of the film Notorious on Saturday (January 17). One is currently in critical condition while the others are stable. (Boston Herald)

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