‘Napoleon’ rules the Box Office: Apple Original Films backed movie in close race with Disney’s Wish

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Ridley Scott’s new historical epic ‘Napoleon’ starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, is turning into the surprise victor of the Thanksgiving box office. The film, which opened Wednesday across North America, is on course to earn as much as $36.5 million to $37.5 million over the five day holiday corridor.

This figures will put the movie in a race with Disney’s Wish, and hence makes the infamous French emperor and military commander Napoleon proud.

The Apple Original Films and Sony back film is performing better than expected, despite of receiving not-so overwhelming B-CinemaScore from the moviegoers. Males made up nearly 70 per cent of the Wednesday audience, which included more than half of the ticket buyers of age above 35 years, including 15% of people over 55 year age.

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The movie bagged $7.7 million for the day, including $3 million in previews.

Napoleon is the Apple Original Films second big theatrical release post Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which is currently in theatres via Paramount. Both the films financed by Apple Original Films are ambitious for Oscar.