Slow and steady wins the race isn’t something we typically hear when it comes to Hollywood box office totals, but that is exactly what Ben Affleck’s movie Argo managed.
Released seven weeks ago, Argo has managed to stay in the top 10 box office takes since its release, winning critical and audience praise.
Argo over this past weekend passed the $100 million mark for box office sales, a big milestone for a historical drama.
The movie tells the story of six rescued American embassy workers who were held hostage in Iran back in 1979.
Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, the movie was helped along by a strong cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. Argo was produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
Affleck both directed and stars in the film, which took in $2 million over the weekend, pushing its total to $101 million.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dab Fellman tells THR:
“Argo is one of those rare cinematic achievements that has been equally and enthusiastically embraced by both critics and audiences. Its success at the box office, combined with categorical raves from critics everywhere, is a testament to the talents behind the film, beginning with its remarkable director and star, Ben Affleck. We congratulate him and everyone involved in Argo on this milestone.”
Argo has also earned $56 million in international box office take.
This is the first movie directed by Ben Affleck to earn more than $100 million in domestic box office take. Affleck’s critically-acclaimed The Town brought in $92.2 million.