EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics is expanding the theater count of its Glenn Close-starring drama The Wife this weekend, boosting it by more than 400 screens nationally to ramp up its profile with awards season in full swing.
Close has already been nominated for Best Actress awards from the Gothams and the Spirit Awards, and has received honorary kudos from awards-season staple festivals Santa Barbara and Palm Springs as her Oscar buzz continues to grow. She stars opposite Jonathan Pryce in the timely drama, about a woman, long in the shadow of a powerful man, who stands up for herself and her self-worth.
Swedish helmer Bjorn Runge directed Jane Anderson’s adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel. Christian Slater, Annie Starke, Max Irons and Harry Lloyd also star.
Sony Classics, which picked up The Wife ahead of its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, released it August 17 in four theaters, increasing the screen count as high as 541 in mid-September. The movie has grossed $7.8 million domestically to date. It played on six screens last weekend.
The pic will face off this weekend against bows from other awards contenders including Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment’s Ben Is Back, Focus Features’ Mary Queen of Scots and Neon’s Vox Lux, as well as Universal’s rerelease of Schindler’s List on 1,000-plus screens for its 25th anniversary.