The big screen adaptation of the August Wilson‘s ‘Fences’, which stars Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, has generated millions at the box office over the Christmas period.
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The movie opened nationwide on Christmas Day after opening to four screens across the USA the week earlier.
When combined, cash generated from the movie’s showings rose rocketed past the $10 million mark to reach the $11.05 million point on Boxing Day.
‘Fences’ was built on a budget of $24 million and is expected to recoup this spend within the first four weeks of its release as interest in its story blossoms globally.
Davis had this to say about the project:
To me August Wilson honors those men that people just never even talk about; men in history that were invisible. Men like my dad, who was a groom on the race track and born in 1936, had a fifth-grade education. And his only dreams were us, his kids. And he honors him in these plays, and I love that.
If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage. What an opportunity we have now, because August Wilson has left us about a thousand pages of his brilliant work, and we have 10 opportunities — the first one now being Fences — to make sure it’s not a trend. … I have enough work for the next 10 years, even if it’s just as a producer, but also there are hundreds of actors — African-American and white actors — in his plays that now will have an opportunity to not just work but to interpret a genius’ work — one of the five greatest playwrights in American history’s work. So I honor that.