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Selena Gomez SPRING BREAKERS: Girls Gone Wild = Strong Box Office

Selena Gomez Spring BreakersSelena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens Spring Breakers: Surprising box office debut

Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco are three of the stars of Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine's low-budget crime comedy-drama that boasts 2013's highest per-theater average to date. According to North American weekend box office actuals found at Box Office Mojo, Spring Breakers grossed $263,002 at three venues this past weekend (down a bit from Sunday's $270,000 estimate), thus averaging a stupendous $87,667 per site. (Image: Selena Gomez Spring Breakers.)

Spring Breakers opening weekend per-theater average: One of the highest ever

Following the release of North America's weekend box office actuals, Spring Breakers was down one spot on Box Office Mojo's all-time (as in, post-1982) box-office chart of domestic opening-weekend per-theater averages. At no. 23, the Selena Gomez / Vanessa Hudgens movie finds itself sandwiched between Tom Hooper / Colin Firth's The King's Speech with $88,863 and Steven Spielberg / Daniel Day-Lewis' Lincoln with $85,846.

Once inflation is factored in, Spring Breakers drops to the 52nd spot (down nine spots from yesterday's estimates), landing between Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez's The Blair Witch Project with $88,743 and Roland Joffé's The Mission, a 1986 Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro, with $87,587.

Selena Gomez box office: Spring Breakers to become her biggest live-action hit?

Although there's no guarantee that the A24-distributed Spring Breakers will become a box office hit – see more on platform releases and per-theater-averages – the Harmony Korine film should have no trouble recovering its $2 million budget at the domestic box office. (Note: The Spring Breakers budget doesn't include marketing and distribution expenses, or any type of box-office-gross-sharing with the movie's top talent.) Spring Breakers' domestic box office future will become clearer next weekend, once it expands to about 1,000 venues.

Barring a major (and unlikely) catastrophe, Spring Breakers should become Selena Gomez's most successful live-action movie, possibly by a wide margin. True, that's not saying much, as Gomez, best known for her pop songs and a supposed romance with Justin Bieber, has only two star vehicles to her credit, neither of which could even remotely be considered a box office hit: In 2010, Elizabeth Allen's $15m-budgeted Ramona and Beezus took in $26.16 million in North America ($27.29 million worldwide); the following year, Thomas Bezucha's $20m-budgeted Monte Carlo, also featuring Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester, brought in $23.18 million ($39.66 million worldwide).

The animated Hotel Transylvania, to which Selena Gomez contributed her voice alongside Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Kevin James, scored a considerably more impressive $344.5 million worldwide.

Next, Selena Gomez will be seen in Nicolás López's horror thriller Aftershock, set in Chile following a powerful earthquake, and featuring Eli Roth; Tim Garrick's comedy Behaving Badly, with an extensive cast that includes Patrick Warburton, Elisabeth Shue, Mary-Louise Parker, Heather Graham, Adrian Bustamante, Dylan McDermott, Cary Elwes, and Jason Lee; and Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy's crime thriller Getaway, with Ethan Hawke, Jon Voight, and Paul Freeman.

Girls Gone Wild Spring Breakers Selena Gomez Girls Gone Wild, Guys Gone Bad: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco topoline Spring Breakers cast

Besides Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco (as a mix of Al Pacino in Scarface and Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), the Spring Breakers cast features Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, Heather Morris, Lauren Vera, Emma Holzer, and Gucci Mane. At last year's Venice Film Festival, Harmony Korine received a Special Mention in the Future Film Festival Digital Award category. (Note: The Venice Film Festival, like just about every major film festival, hands out dozens of awards outside the official main competition.)

Selena Gomez Spring Breakers photos: A24.

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