Amandla Stenberg’s ‘The Hate U Give’ Gets Solid Start With $500,000

Fox’s teen drama “The Hate U Give” has started with a solid $500,000 at 36 North American locations in its opening weekend.The movie, an adaptation of the Angie Thomas novel, stars Amandla Stenberg as a high school student switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white prep school she attends.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said the studio was “very encouraged” by the numbers.

“Word of mouth is incredibly powerful for this must-see film for all audiences and all ages,” he added.Despite the limited number of outlets, “The Hate U Give” finished 13th on the weekend’s domestic charts.

Its per-screen average of $13,889 was the second-highest of the weekend after the $18,831 for “Venom.

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