'Fences' builds to a good start at the box office

Monday, 02 January 2017 04:29 PM Written by 


Denzel Washington introduces a screening of "Fences" for the Pittsburgh-based cast and crew at SouthSide Works. (Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

"Fences" is having a pretty good holiday at the box office.

The Denzel Washington-directed movie of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play cost about $24 million to make. The Paramount release earned $12.7 million on its first Friday to Monday weekend and has made $32 million overall, writes Forbes.com today, which "makes it Denzel Washington’s biggest directorial effort yet," the site said.

The L.A. Times wrote that the "total already puts 'Fences' in the box office neighborhood of such past play adaptations as 'Doubt' and 'Closer.' "

Mr. Washington and "Fences" co-star Viola Davis are nominated for Golden Globes as best actor and best supporting actress. The Globes ceremony is Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC, with Jimmy Fallon hosting.

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