Oakland locals showed up strong for Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old young man shot and killed by a police officer in 2009, selling out several screenings of Fruitvale Station on opening night, Friday, July 12.
The extremely emotional film, which made its initial premiere in seven theaters in California and New York City this weekend, couldn’t have had better (or worse) timing, as we rally against the verdict in George Zimmerman‘s trial.
Anticipation caused Oakland’s Grand Lake Theatre, just four miles from the actual Fruitvale station, to add showtimes on Saturday morning to accommodate more customers, according to Karely Cerritos, an employee.
“It was really busy last night,” Cerritos told LA Times on Saturday. “After the shows let out people gathered in front,” but she was unclear if there “was more going on than just people waiting for rides.”
There were “no protests or anything negative” regarding the film but Cerritos mentioned an organized bike ride from the Fruitvale station to the movie theater. “And people have been driving by honking their horns,” she said.
Just saw #FruitvaleStation and all I want is to crawl in bed and cry for Oscar, his daughter and America.
— BWD (@theonlyadult) July 13, 2013
Coogler was also honored along with late film critic Roger Ebert at the third-annual Celebrate Sundance Institute benefit in West Hollywood last month.
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) July 12, 2013
The Forest Whitaker-produced film which has received profoundly positive reviews from critics and movie-goers, stars Michael B, Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray.
Though many didn’t get to see the movie this weekend due to select screenings, a larger roll out begins next weekend, July 19, with nationwide showings starting July 26. You check cities and theaters here.
As of Friday night, the film has earned $127,445, according to an estimate from the film’s distributor, the Weinstein Co.