‘Solid’ box office open for The Peanut Butter Falcon

By on August 26, 2019

In an Aug. 23 interview at Radio Station 98.1 TheScore, Michael Schwartz, co-director and co-writer of The Peanut Butter Falcon along with Colington native Tyler Nilson, discussed the importance of the early box office returns to the fate of the film.

“We’ve been doing this [movie project] for five years, sort of dedicated our whole lives to it for five years. And then it opens in a thousand theaters nationwide, today. If people go [to see it] over the next three days, then it’s a success. If they don’t go…”

Well, the film had its major U.S. release this past weekend — including Manteo’s Pioneer Theater and R/C 10 in Kill Devil Hills — opening in 991 theaters. And the results are promising, with a No. 12 finish at the box office. Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter had to say:

“Roadside Attractions’ critically acclaimed The Peanut Butter Falcon expanded nationwide in its third weekend, grossing a solid $3 million for a total of $3.7 million. Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson star with newcomer Zack Gottsagen in a modern-day riff on Huckleberry Finn.”

Explaining the influence of his home turf on the film, Nilson said in the Aug. 23 interview that “If you’re out there on the Outer Banks, this is your movie. We made this to show this community off in a way that’s beautiful, and dare I say, ‘poetic’ in its own unique way…I think it’s a bit of a love poem to this community, for me.”

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  • Stevejo

    Great to hear. I hope it snowballs from here on

    Monday, Aug 26 @ 6:02 pm
  • Just Free

    I have to say this is the most down to earth film I’ve seen in awhile. Filled with creativity and I hope they succeed greatly. Cause in my opinion films like this will keep the movie industry going unlike some of the films that come have no genuine story for themselves just a remake from something old. It may have a Huckleberry Finn vibe but I think it’s has more of a interesting storyline. Keep up the good work cast and crew of this film cause if you keep this up you will succeed in keeping the movie industry alive in a good way of course. P. S. This is the first time I’ve been to a movie theater in years!

    Tuesday, Aug 27 @ 8:34 am
  • James H Henderson

    They wanted to show off the Outer Banks community by filming the movie in Georgia.

    Tuesday, Aug 27 @ 10:03 pm
  • Neal

    If they could have filmed here, they would have. Sometimes concessions need to be made if a movie wants to be made at all.

    Thursday, Aug 29 @ 1:20 pm