The Damien Chazelle film opened with the highest ticket sale average per location in 2016

By Nick Romano
Updated December 11, 2016 at 05:48 PM EST
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La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical wonderland of a film, had an impressive box office debut this weekend — even though it only opened in five theaters across the U.S.: The film earned an estimated $855,000, averaging $171,000 per theater. That gives it the highest ticket sale average per location in 2016 and the second highest of all time (Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is the only live-action theater release with a higher average, with $202,000 per theater).

La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, also earned about $4.5 million from six locations overseas, bringing its global total to $5.3 million.

Stone stars as Mia, a struggling actress,while Gosling’s Sebastian is a jazz pianist trying to keep the genre alive and open his own jazz club. Through a series of glamorous and vibrant sequences that pay tribute to classic Hollywood musicals, the two fall in love before a big break threatens to dismantle their relationship.

Critics have hailed La La Land as a major awards contender, and it already earned honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Toronto International Film Festival, and Venice Film Festival. It’s also EW’s pick for best film of the year.

La La Land will open in more theaters next weekend.

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