“Precious,” the hardcore drama about incest, sexual abuse, literacy, the welfare system and survival in urban America did huge business at the box office it’s opening weekend–it’s was in limited release. The film, an adaptation of The New York Times Best Seller “Push” by Sapphire, opened in 18 theaters and earned $1.8 million (or $100,000.00 per screen, more than 10 times the average for a new film).

The movie was directed by Lee Daniels (“Monster’s Ball” and “Shadow Boxer”) and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry is already getting Oscar buzz. This type of box office engagement will only help boast the profile of this independent film with the Academy. Daniel’s “Monster Ball” garnered Halle Berry her Oscar for Best Actress in 2002. “Precious” stars Mo’Nique, Gaby Sidibe and Mariah Carey are receiving Oscar buzz for their breakthrough performances. The movie also features strong appearances from Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz and Sherri Shepherd.

“Precious,” distributed by Lionsgate, opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, November 13.