1917 has technically been in domestic theaters since Christmas Day but that theater count? Just 11 total. This weekend, things are looking up as 1917 went into wide release and brought its theater count up to 3,434 with a per theater average of $10,629. This is Mendes’ first non-James Bond film since 2009’s Away We Go, which opened to just $130K. To be fair, Away We Go is significantly more different in its vibe and genre to both Bond pics as well as 1917, so it’s not really a fair fight. But, it’s nice to see Mendes thriving especially since 1917 is not reliant on the Bond buzz to get folks into theaters to see it.
Oscar buzz has been building here in the U.S. since 1917 was shown to critics and journalists in New York City and Los Angeles back in November 2019. Positive reactions have been showered on the film’s cinematographer, the beloved Roger Deakins, who worked with Mendes to give 1917 a one-shot effect which has helped the pulse-pounding, clock-watching aspect of the movie onto the big screen. Despite the film premiering so close to the 2020 Oscars (nominees will be announced on Monday, January 13), 1917 is poised to scoop up at least one nom for this year’s ceremony.