the master amy adams philip seymour hoffman ambyr childers the weinstein company Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'The Master' set for record breaking opening weekend“The Master,” Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Scientology-inspired film starring Joaquin Phoenix , Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, smashed art-house records in its five-theater opening Friday (Sept. 14) night.

The buzz-worthy awards contender grossed $242,127 from five theaters for a remarkable $48,425 per-screen average. If its numbers hold, it’s on track to break the opening art-house records set by Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” which averaged $130,749 per screen in its first weekend.

“Resident Evil: Retribution,” the sequel in the Mila Jovovich horror franchise, topped the Friday box office overall with $8.4 million and is expected gross over $22 million for the weekend.

“Finding Nemo,” Disney’s 3D release of the Pixar blockbuster, nabbed the No. 2 spot with $5.1 million.

“The Possession,” which topped last week’s weak box office, dropped to third with $6 million, followed by the Shia LaBeouf western “Lawless” ($4.5) and “The Expendables 2” ($3 million).