According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, an art house weepie about two star-crossed ranch hands already appears to be crossing over into mainstream hit status. Budgeted at an estimated $14 million, the film, which is playing in only 683 theaters nationwide, has grossed a projected $32 million as of Monday. And now its embrace by the 84 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. before a nationwide TV audience should allow Focus to further broaden the movie's release into the heartland.
Heading into the Golden Globes, Brokeback led the pack with seven nominations and scored a solid victory by picking up four of them -- even if Heath Ledger's star turn as a man of few words failed to win best actor honors, which instead went to Philip Seymour Hoffman's far more verbally dexterous performance in Capote.