The Hateful Eight came out all guns blazing to top the polls on its opening weekend at the Australian and New Zealand box offices yesterday, taking $2,357,365 in Australia and $311,919 in New Zealand following a star-studded publicity tour in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland with Academy Award-winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino and actors Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.
The film has most recently been given the Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Best Original Score (Ennio Morricone) and Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson).
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
The Hateful Eight released in limited 70mm on January 14 (AU only) and wide digital on January 21 (AU and NZ).
Check our Interview with Quentin Tarantino below:
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