LOS ANGELES - The limited release of "Black Swan" last weekend continued to demonstrate what many had suspected since the trailer blew up YouTube last summer: The movie could become an art-house sensation. At the 18 big-city locations the film played, Darren Aronofsky's supernatural ballet drama took in an average of nearly $80,000, which is a fancy numerical way of saying that audiences jammed theaters.
It's still far from resolved how well the Natalie Portman-Mila Kunis film will travel. Will it go beyond the urbane audiences that came out to see it last weekend and become a pop-culture juggernaut like "Slumdog Millionaire," another holiday-season genre bender? Or is it more akin to Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," a well-received film that, at $26 million in box office, was nonetheless mainly a niche hit?
But one weekend into its release, one thing has become clear about "Black Swan." There's a generational divide. And despite its ballet-world setting, it's a divide that cuts sharply against older audiences.