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Steven Spielberg's new film starring Meryl Streep
and Tom Hanks hits US theaters on December 22 2017.
  January 14th, 2018       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Forbes has the numbers for “The Post”‘s box office since its wide release this Friday: The critically-acclaimed (but not quite award-drenched) Steven Spielberg drama, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, had earned $4.2 million in platform release over the last few weeks beginning on Christmas weekend. Sure, the Washington Post/Pentagon Papers journalistic thriller/drama played great to the film nerd crowd, but how would it do in general release? Well, if this weekend was any indication, pretty damn well! The $50m-budgeted 20th Century Fox release earned a solid $22.2 million over the long holiday, including $18.6m over the Fri-Sun frame. That gives the film a $26m domestic total and a nice headstart should it parlay the buzz into Oscar nominations. If it’s merely as leggy as Bridge of Spies (platform release notwithstanding), we’re looking at a $90-$95 million domestic total. But this should be the kind of movie that plays huge to your parents and grandparents who will seek it out at their convenience, so a total closer to Captain Phillips ($125m) if not quite Lincoln or Hidden Figures ($170m) wouldn’t shock me in the least. It’s a coin toss as to whether The Post will be the first straight Steven Spielberg drama since Amistad in 1997 not to get a Best Picture nomination. Either way, this one is a rock-solid studio programmer, so I expect long legs as our parents and/or grandparents check it out at their convenience. There is a tragic irony, in that Spielberg was among those who created the modern popcorn blockbuster and now is among the few that can both make and profit from adult-skewing character-driven, star vehicle dramas in 2018.