The Weinstein Company opened Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game in four theaters this weekend to a gross of $482,000. That represents a gaudy $120,000 per screen average, the second highest of 2014 after the $203,000 per venue pulled in by Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.
Tyldum's look at the life of Alan Turing resonated with critics as well. Time Magazine's Richard Corliss said of the film, "On its bright face, The Imitation Game, written by Graham Moore and directed by Morten Tyldum, fits into that cozy genre of tortured-genius biopics that sprout like kudzu just in time for the Oscars. But that’s not fair to the film, which outthinks and outplays other examples of the genre." Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times's Kenny Turan argued that "The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining The Imitation Game gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that's pure pleasure to experience."
The Imitation Game will be expanding to theaters nationwide in the coming weeks.
The Sloan Foundation supported The Imitation Game through its partnership with the Tribeca Film Insitute and via its annual award given at the Hamptons Film Festival.