The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager trying to find her way out of California as she struggles with a strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), her Catholic high school and her lofty aspirations. Trailer courtesy of A24
The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teenager trying to find her way out of California as she struggles with a strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), her Catholic high school and her lofty aspirations. Trailer courtesy of A24

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Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ just keeps soaring

By Kalin Kipling

kkipling@sacbee.com

November 09, 2017 09:57 AM

UPDATED November 09, 2017 10:58 AM

After earning praise and top-notch reviews – including 100 percent from Rotten Tomatoes – Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut continues to make its mark.

“Lady Bird” rose last weekend to become the best limited opener of the year, IndieWire reports.

The film brought in $375,612 in its four-theater debut, averaging $93,903 per theater, according to Deadline.

“Lady Bird” is also the top specialized release of the year, claiming the crown from “The Big Sick” ($84,315 per theater average), and it’s the best since “La La Land” in December ($171,000 per theater average), according to IndieWire and Deadline.

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Looking at adjusted numbers, it tops Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” for the top limited debut directed by a woman.

“In a disappointing year, Gerwig proves that it’s is still possible to excite and expand the arthouse audience,” IndieWire says.

IndieWire also calls the film “the first breakout hit of the awards season.”

The film apparently saw sold-out shows at all four theaters over the week, according to A24, an independent entertainment company and the film’s distributor.

On Sunday, A24 said, “Exit polling shows sensational word-of-mouth and universal appeal from both younger and older audiences across the board.”

The film is coming to top markets next weekend and is set for nationwide release over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s currently being shown at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento.

'The love letter to Sacramento': What actress Greta Gerwig said at Tower Theater

Family, friends and fans lined up outside Tower Theatre in Sacramento on Sunday night (October 30, 2017) for the local premiere of Sacramento-native Greta Gerwig’s autobiographical film “Lady Bird.” She spoke to the audience before and after the film.

Tim Swanson/Sacramento Bee Photos by Paul Kitagaki Jr/Video edited by David Caraccio