Brokeback' breaks out of gate

Kilday, Gregg
January 2006
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;1/17/2006, Vol. 392 Issue 36, p67
The article reports that with its Golden Globes win as best drama lassoed and hogtied, Ang Lee's motion picture "Brokeback Mountain" is now racing off to the Academy Awards at full gallop, its front-runner status solidified. Focus Features' 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 Association before a nationwide TV audience should allow Focus to further broaden the movie's release into the heartland.


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