“Apocalypse Now” arrives with a roar

The new director’s cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 war drama Apocalypse Now, renamed Apocalypse Now Redux, is attracting sell-out crowds at virtually all the 19 theaters in which it is being shown in the U.S. and Canada. According to Exhibitor Relations, it earned $620,802 during the first four days of its release and averaged $3,147 per theater on Monday. Over the weekend it averaged $20,202, vs. $14,730 for the No. 1 film, American Pie 2. The film pulled in the biggest crowds in Toronto, where it is playing on one regular screen and one IMAX screen, earning $39,850 during the Friday-Sunday period.