All Everywhere, All At Once beats uncut gems like A24’s box office hit
Director duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinertcollectively known as Daniels, can expect to be courted by the industry’s biggest studios following the record-breaking success of their hard-to-describe second feature film together, Everything everywhere all at once. In its ninth weekend of release, the martial arts fantasy will become independent outfit A24’s highest-grossing domestic release, with over $50 million in the bank.
Everything everywhere all at once advanced director Greta Gerwigit is Lady Bird ($48.9 million) on Friday to become A24’s second-highest-grossing nationwide. It should exceed that of the Safdie brothers Uncut Gems ($50.02 million) to claim the top spot by Sunday. Ari Asterfirst horror movie Hereditary remains A24’s highest-grossing release worldwide ($80 million), but it was tapped domestically with $44 million.
Featuring michelle yeo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Everything everywhere all at once tells a multiverse love story, filled with visual energy and narrative ambition. It pays homage to martial arts movies, dark comedies, animation, and sci-fi/fantasy epics. The film is currently playing in more than 1,500 theaters nationwide, following a cautious release from the platform that began more than two months ago, kicking off after a headline-grabbing premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
The film was released in 10 theaters during its opening weekend, where it broke the record for the highest average per theater of the year ($50,000). Everything everywhere all at once it subsequently grew from specialty theaters to national chains, all thanks to positive word-of-mouth, a clever marketing campaign and some truly spectacular reviews.
Describing it as “one of the most ambitious and craziest films in recent memory,” Collider’s Ross Bonaime wrote in his review, “Everything everywhere all at once is a bombardment of hot dog fingers, wide eyes, Wong Kar-Wai tributes, fanny packs insanely strong pinky fingers, talking rocks, the Nine Days song ‘Absolutely (Story of a Girl),’ raccoons, the guy who played Santa Claus in I think you should leaveand anal plugs.
Daniels broke out with his 2016 absurd black comedy Swiss army manfeaturing Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Scheinert followed solo with 2019 The Death of Dick Long. Both films were released by A24, which is dominating the ongoing Cannes Film Festival with several titles playing in different categories.
Everything everywhere all at once is expected to end its ninth weekend at the domestic box office in sixth place, behind fellow countryman A24 Mendirected by Alex Garland. Then the distributor has Marcel the shod shell June 24 and Body Body Body, which is scheduled for August. Earlier in 2022, A24 debuted Josephine Deckerit is The sky is everywhere on AppleTV+, Kogonadait is After Yang in theaters and on Showtime, and Ti Westit is X exclusively in theaters.
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