Box Office: 'Selma' Grossed $5M On Martin Luther King Day

January 21, 2015 1:03 AM

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There isn’t much to add here, so this may be my shortest piece ever. But I thought it was worth pointing out that Ava DuVernay’s Selma earned $5 million on Monday. Monday of course was Martin Luther King Day and so it’s somewhat fitting that the critically-acclaimed biopic earned more money on Monday than in any other day thus far in wide release. The Paramount/Viacom Inc. picture of course concerns the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and it has been much discussed over the last month.

First it was greeted by rave reviews that presumed (hoped?) that the picture would be a major Oscar contender, then it was dissected over claims of historical inaccuracy over its depiction of the relationship between Dr. King (David Oyelowo) and President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), and now i...

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