Theaters in the United States and Canada will go into the weekend with two new film premieres.
“American Pulp,” starring Tom Hanks and Christian Bale, has earned a $13.2 million debut.
The film has been an international hit and is expected to earn around $2.5 million.
“I have to admit I didn’t expect the film to be such a big hit,” Wright told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“The fact that it was such a hit in Canada and the United Kingdom, and then in the U.S., is just amazing.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that in my entire career.”
The movie, directed by Wright, is set in the early 1960s in New York City during the McCarthy era and follows a detective named Willy who becomes entangled in the mysterious case of a serial killer named Billy who murders women and children.
The title refers to the serial killer, who is believed to be responsible for many of the unsolved murders of young women.
“What it does is it tells a story about the fear of the unknown and the fear and anxiety that people feel, and it’s an amazing story that is told in a way that resonates with people,” Wright said.
The movie is the latest in a string of movies to have been given the green light by the festival, which announced this month that it will give its top prizes to feature films this year.
“A lot of people are going to see this movie and it will probably be a little bit of a disappointment for some people, because it’s so much fun and it tells the story of Billy, it tells about the terror and the violence that people felt at the time,” Wright added.
The filmmaker has said the film is about the power of art and about the importance of film, and the new release will have to earn at least $5 million to receive the top prize.
“It’s not going to be a movie that will sell tickets, because that’s not the audience,” Wright, who recently wrapped “The Revenant,” told The AP.
“We want to see something that people really like.”
The new release has already earned $2 million at the U