Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Canadian filmmaker/actress Sarah Polley‘s documentary Stories We Tell is leading the pack of specialty releases among titles reporting early Sunday afternoon ET. The Venice/Telluride/Toronto ’12 debut, which headed into release with strong word of mouth and festival acclaim, grossed a solid $31K in two locations and saw its grosses shoot up Friday to Saturday by a spectacular 172%. The feature, which is a personal account of Polley’s family, received a 92 score on Metacritic and 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
“The opening is in the range of openings of last year’s doc hits Searching For Sugar Man from SPC ($9153 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $3,657,684 final gross) and Queen Of Versailles from Magnolia ($17,109 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $2,401,999 final gross), which is right where we want to be,” said Roadside Attractions Sunday.
The film will head into 20 runs in the top 7 markets next weekend.
Also opening with decent numbers is Zeitgeist’s doc One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das, which took in $7,500 in one Manhattan theater. IFC Films’ comedy/thriller hybrid Sightseers languished with a $4,200 average in its debut in two runs, while Anchor Bay’s No One Lives opened in an ambitious 53 theaters but only scraped together an $866 average.
Millennium Entertainment debuted The Iceman and What Maisie Knew last week, taking the top two spots in terms of per-screen average. The distributor had the top two films among second weekend holdovers with its two titles as well, though the pair switched positions. Maisie added two theaters, averaging a cool $8,253, while The Iceman headed into 17 runs (4 last weekend), averaging a solid $6,383. Sony Classics’ Love Is All You Need went from 4 to 10 theaters in weekend 2, averaging $4,003 vs. its $9,739 PSA debut. eOne’s Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s hit an additional 19 locations in its second weekend, averaging $1,813. The film debuted in 4 theaters, averaging $9,574.
Roadside/Lionsgate’s Mud starring Matthew McConaughey held strong in its third weekend, placing 8th in the overall box office and increasing its overall gross compared to its second frame in theaters. Its 3-day gross is estimated at $2,343,400 for a $2,764 PSA and a three week cume of over $8.36 million, which places it third behind the likes of Focus; The Place Beyond The Pines (7 weeks in release with a cume just under $20 million) and TWC’s Quartet (18 weeks in release with an $18.15 million cume) among all specialties currently in release in terms of box office totals.
No One Lives (Anchor Bay Entertainment) NEW [53 Theaters] Weekend $45,875, Average $866
One Track Heart: The Story Of Krishna Das (Zeitgeist Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,500, Cume $9,579 (Wed. Opening)
Sightseers (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $8,400, Average $4,200, Cume $8,400
Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $31K, Average $15,500
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla (Pantelion) Week 2 [43 Theaters] Weekend $38K, Average $884, Cume $140,369
Dead Man’s Burden (Cinedigm) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,100, Cume $9,894
The Iceman (Millennium Entertainment) Week 2 [17 Theaters] Weekend $108,520, Average $6,383, Cume $236,049
Love Is All You Need (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $40,026, Average $4,003, Cume $91,012
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s (Entertainment One) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $41,702, Average $1,813, Cume $104,059
What Maisie Knew (Millennium Entertainment) Week 2 [3 Theaters] Weekend $24,758, Average $8,253, Cume $55.910
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
At Any Price (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [50 Theaters] Weekend $55,754, Average $1,115, Cume $129,341
Kon-Tiki (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [22 Theaters] Weekend $83,645, Average $3,802, Cume $224,393
Midnight’s Children (Paladin/108 Media) Week 3 [11 Theaters] Weekend $23,050, Average $2,096, Cume $70,346
Mud (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 3 [854 Theaters] Weekend $2,343,400, Average $2,764, Cume $8,363,379
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (IFC Films) Week 3 [46 Theaters] Weekend $73,600, Average $1,600, Cume $244,438
Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (Kino Lorber) Week 4 [4 Theaters] Weekend $5,500, Average $1,667, Cume $27,118
In The House (Cohen Media Group) Week 4 [34 Theaters] Weekend $61,341, Average $1,804, Cume $222,873
The Lords Of Salem (Anchor Bay Films) Week 4 [15 Theaters] Weekend $6,082, Average $405, Cume $1,163,648
The Angels’ Share (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [38 Theaters] Weekend $38K, Average $1K, Cume $215,707
Disconnect (LD Entertainment) Week 5 [180 Theaters] Weekend $160,131, Average $890, Cume $1,300,465
The Company You Keep (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [394 Theaters] Weekend $420,475, Average $1,067, Cume $4,150,725
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus Features) Weekend $675,185, Average $1,009, Cume $19,967,419
Upstream Color (erbp Film – Self Distributed) Week 6 [18 Theaters] Weekend $25,580, Average $1,421, Cume $401,157
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus Features) Week 7 [669 Theaters] Weekend $675,185, Average $1,009, Cume $19,967,419
The Sapphires (The Weinstein Company) Week 8 [118 Theaters] Weekend $130K, Average $1,102, Cume $1,829,890
Quartet (The Weinstein Company) Week 18 [59 Theaters] Weekend $33K, Average $559, Cume $18,155,760