If you've been waiting with bated breath to hear Armie Hammer whisper "call me by your name and I'll call you by mine" to Timothee Chalamet, you're not alone. The new gay coming of age drama Call Me by Your Name has set box office records already despite opening in only four theaters on Friday.
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The Sony Classics film about Oliver, a postgraduate student (Hammer), who stays with the family of 17-year-old Elio (Chalamet) at their summer home in Italy in the 1980s debuted in New York and Los Angeles to a remarkable $404,874, or $101,219 per theater. With sold out shows and lines of people waiting to get into the theater that rivaled a Star Wars premiere, Luca Guadagnino's critically acclaimed film is a hit despite the rest of the country still waiting to see that peach scene--the film is set to expand into more theaters in December.
Call Me by Your Name's blockbuster debut beat the year's previous limited release opening gross of Lady Bird, which debuted to $364,437 on four screens earlier this month, but wasn't able to beat last year's huge La La Land limited opening, which grabbed $881,104 at five theaters last December.
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If there were any doubt about Call Me by Your Name's box office power it's gone and, with its success, the indie film is already gathering award show nominations. The film received Spirit Award nominations for best feature; best male lead for Timothee Chalamet; best male supporting actor for Armie Hammer; and best director for Luca Guadagnino; as well as editing and cinematography nods.