In first wider weekend, '12 Years a Slave' reaches key audiences

October 30, 2013 10:01 AM

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In first wider weekend, '12 Years a Slave' reaches key audiences

If you want to know how well "12 Years a Slave" is playing to its two distinct audiences -- highbrow art house patrons and mainstream African Americans -- you need look no further than two very different places: Dallas and Detroit.

The two cities were added last weekend by Fox Searchlight as director Steve McQueen’s celebrated slave drama expanded its national release. Playing in 123 locations, “12 Years a Slave” grossed a solid $2.1 million, and the film’s performance was strong throughout the dozen cities where it was showin...

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