Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Specialty movies openers bowed mostly middling at at best, and a couple of pictures may have suffered residual Hurricane Sandy trauma. Adopt Films’ Café De Flore took the per-theater-average crown with $10K in one location. Entertainment One’s A Late Quartet bowed in 9 theaters with a fairly solid average of 8,433, although the distributor suggested the figure was lower than it might have been if The Sunshine in Manhattan’s Lower East Side had been able to re-open sooner. The cinema regained power midday Saturday. TWC’s This Must Be The Place hit the skids with a $3,526 average in a pair of locations, while Radius’ The Details managed only a modest $1,427 average. Roadside/Lionsgate’s art-thriller The Bay bottomed out with a $932 average from 23 theaters. But Anchor Bay’s Vamps fizzled with $500 in one theater. Magnolia Pictures opted not to report numbers for its opener Jack And Diane because it didn’t open in NYC until today because of the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Jean-Marc Vallee’s Café De Flore bowed in Florida at the 144 Coral Gables Art Cinema with a cool $10K. Adopt Films’ Jeff Lipsky avoided the NYC Sandy situation by taking the pic to the Sunshine State for its debut. He praised the venue’s GM Robert Rosenberg for his “indefatigable efforts to spread the word” and co-star Kevin Parent for “running around the country.” The film will head to New York and L.A. on November 16th.
Regarding A Late Quartet, one of its NYC venues, The Sunshine, opened midday Saturday to slow business. eOne’s Dylan Wiley said they “would have expected Lincoln Plaza-like grosses had they been open all weekend”. Uptown at Lincoln Plaza, the film grossed $31,123 with multiple sold-out screenings. “On our 5 screens in the field (Boston, Chicago x2, SF, DC), grosses increased by an average of 138% from Friday to Saturday, indicating really strong adult attendance and positive word-of-mouth,” added Wiley. The film will head out to 25 markets November 10th.
One of TWC’s This Must Be The Place’s screens was also booked at the stymied Sunshine, contributing to the film’s sluggish opening. The Sean Penn starrer will head to additional markets on the 11th, 16th and 21st as it continues a traditional exclusive platform release.
Among second weekend holdovers, Sundance Selects’ The Loneliest Planet added 7 locations, averaging $2,400. That’s down from its two-theater debut average of 10,200, but to be fair, one of its theaters was the IFC Center in Greenwich Village, which also didn’t open until mid-weekend. Going into its third weekend, Fox Searchlight’s The Sessions added 49 theaters with an average of $6,609. The Sessions expands to more than a dozen additional markets next week.
The Bay (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) NEW [23 Theaters] Weekend $21,429, Average $932
Café De Flore (Adopt Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10K
The Details (RADiUS-TWC) NEW [14 Theaters] Weekend $19,981, Average $1,427
A Late Quartet (Entertainment One) NEW [9 Theaters] Weekend $75,899, Average $8,433
This Must Be The Place (The Weinstein Company) [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,052, Average $3,526
Vamps (Anchor Bay) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $500
RETURNING / 2ND WEEKEND
The Loneliest Planet (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [9 Theaters] Weekend $21,600, Average $2,400, Cume $40,500
The Other Son (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [50 Theaters] Weekend $101,933, Average $2,039, Cume $278,047
HOLDOVERS / 3RD+ WEEKENDS
Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency) Week 3 [13 Theaters] Weekend $30,261, Average $2,328, Cume $90,392
The Flat (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [20 Theaters] Weekend $74K, Average $3,700, Cume $161K
Holy Motors (Indomina) Week 3 [5 Theaters] Weekend $15,078, Average $3,016, Cume $83,509
The Sessions (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [69 Theaters] Weekend $456K, Average $6,609, Cume $931K
The Big Picture (MPI Media Group) Week 4 [7 Theaters] Weekend $23,007, Average $3,287, Cume $97,664
Middle Of Nowhere (AFFRM/Participant) Week 4 [8 Theaters] Weekend $16,317, Average $2,039, Cume $192,724
Smashed (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [21 Theaters] Weekend $35,993, Average $1,714, Cume $200,586
Simon And The Oaks (The Film Arcade) Week 4 [13 Theater] Weekend $31,692, Average $2,438, Cume $121,922
The House I Live In (Abramorama) Week 5 [11 Theaters] Weekend $14,733, Average $1,339, Cume $133,535
The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment) Week 5 [42 Theaters] Weekend $51,670, Average $1,230, Cume $631,452
Wuthering Heights (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 5 [11 Theaters] Weekend $5,101, Average $463, Cume $70,425
The Other Dream Team (The Film Arcade) Week 6 [5 Theaters] Weekend $5,599, Average $1,120, Cume $129,753
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 7 [622 Theaters] Weekend $1,256,000, Average $2,019, Cume $13,073,350
Arbitrage (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 8 [110 Theaters] Weekend $132,417, Average $1,204, Cume $7,546,685
The Master (The Weinstein Company) Week 8 [138 Theaters] Weekend $180K, Average $1,304, Cume $15,510,795
Samsara (Oscilloscope Laboratories] Week 11 [62 Theaters] Weekend $70,348, Average $1,135, Cume $2,305,601
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 15 [105 Theaters] Weekend $162,675, Average $1,549, Cume $2,424,127
The Imposter (Indomina Releasing) Week 17 [10 Theaters] Weekend $14,378, Average $1,438, Cume $857,448