No shame in opening
Despite its restrictive NC-17 rating, "Shame" had a solid debut at the box office this weekend.
The drama, which stars Michael Fassbender as a sex addict, grossed $361,181, according to an estimate from distributor Fox Searchlight. Its per-theater average of $36,118 is the third-highest for an NC-17 film in limited debut, behind Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education" and Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution."
"NC-17 films always create a challenge, but the late shows were very strong," said Sheila DeLoach, the studio's executive vice president. "With the midnight shows being sold out, it's encouraging that we'll do well with a young, edgy audience."