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The critical darling and audience favorite jumped the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office during the weekend, a commendable accomplishment for a historical drama. The film tells the real-life story of the rescue of six American embassy workers who were rescued during the 1979-81 Iranian hostage crisis.
Affleck both directed and stars in the film, which took in $2 million during the weekend, pushing its total to $101 million.
“Argo is one of those rare cinematic achievements that has been equally and enthusiastically embraced by both critics and audiences,” ,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said. “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.”
The movie has remained on the top 10 chart for seven weeks. It also is Affleck’s first directorial effort to jump $100 million domestically. The Town grossed $92.2 million in 2010.
Internationally, Argo has grossed a strong $56 million.
Affleck directed the movie from an adapted screenplay by Chris Terrio. Argo also stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.
Producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov.
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