The movie debuted on 188 screens across the country and according to the report, ended up No. 4 amongst films that opened in less than 500 theaters. Indiewire called Filly Brown's box office take "impressive."
According to the Indiewire report, the film's release is expected to expand this week and moviegoers polled by Cinemascore gave Filly Brown an "A-". The report also states that more than "20 locations had the film as their #1 grosser" and that the Sundance darling at those locations had outgrossed "Oblivion," which was the overall box office champ for the weekend.
- Indiewire.com: Specialty Box Office: 'Filly Brown' and 'Home Run' Overperform With Strong Debut Weekends
The music drama stars the highly praised Gina Rodriguez, who portrays the title character, Majo Tonorio, a young, hip-hop artist reaching for her dreams while trying not to compromise herself, her friends and family. Rodriguez's co-stars include 1989 Oscar-nominee Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, and the late Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash in December.
Filly Brown is directed by Michael D. Olmos (son of EJO) and Youssef Delara, who also wrote the film. Mico Olmos, also EJO's son, was a producer on the film and collaborated on the soundtrack. Another of EJO's sons, Bodie, makes an appearance in the film.
- The Deadline Team - Specialty Box Office: 'Filly Brown' Croons
- The Denver Post (Associated Press): Jenni Rivera's film debut was a "favor" to Edward James Olmos
- South Coast Today: Review: A Latina star is born in 'Filly Brown'
- AP: Olmos, Phillips remember Jenni Rivera in film
- CNN.com: 'Filly Brown' debuts, 'Stand and Deliver' still resonates
- USA Today: 'Filly Brown' star will rap viewers around her finger
- Edward James Olmos via EGPNews.com: Why It's Important To See The Movie Filly Brown
- The Miami Herald: New film from Edward James Olmos puts focus on family
- Los Angeles Times review: 'Filly Brown' a fierce tale of a promising hip-hop rapper
- Billboard: Jenni Rivera's 'Filly Brown' Opens in Theaters, Lou Diamond Phillips and Cast Pay Tribute
- Examiner.com: Actor Edward James Olmos excited, heartbroken for release of 'Filly Brown'