The Hate U Give increased its theater count this weekend to 2,303 screens, and picked up another $7.5 million in the process.
That brings the police brutality drama’s total domestic take to $10.6 million since it opened in select cities on Oct. 5. This weekend the film averaged $3, 257 per theater.
While the critically acclaimed picture turned in a solid performance, it landed in sixth place at the box office and may have been hurt by fierce competition for ticket sales, including from the wildly popular Halloween sequel, which rang up $77.5 million.
“The Hate U Give has been nurtured through its rollout in theaters to give the film maximum benefit and though the film performed well in its wide release, the overall (and unprecedented power) of this year’s crop of October hits has made this a much more competitive environment,” Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst at comScore, told Urban Hollywood 411.
Amandla Stenberg leads the cast of The Hate U Give as African-American high school student Starr Carter.
The teen is torn between two worlds — one at her predominantly wealthy and white private school, and the other within her working-class neighborhood. Starr’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses a white police officer fatally shoot Khalil, her childhood best friend.
Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Algee Smith, Anthony Mackie, K.J. Apa and Sabrina Carpenter round out the cast.
George Tillman, Jr. directed the film, which is based on Angie Thomas’ bestselling young adult novel by the same name.
Critics have embraced The Hate U Give, calling it “gripping,” “honest,” and “bold.” The movie currently has a stellar 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Earlier this month, the drama was named Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival.