Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
IFC Films‘ Frances Ha had the last laugh this weekend, opening solid in a pair of theaters each in New York and Los Angeles. The critically well-received feature directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Greta Gerwig grossed $134K, averaging $33,500. It came fairly close to his last feature, Greenberg, which averaged $39,384 when it opened in March 2010 in three locations. But that film, which also starred Gerwig, also included Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Juno Temple. Frances Ha inched out Baumbach’s acclaimed 2005 Best Screenplay Oscar-nominated The Squid And The Whale in terms of first weekend PSA. That film opened in four runs, averaging $32,461. Frances Ha‘s fellow newcomers, however did not fare nearly as well.
IFC Films noted Sunday: “We are thrilled with the opening numbers for Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha. The film, with a screenplay by Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig, played to sold out shows all weekend long in New York City and Los Angeles. The advanced regional publicity screenings have also been wildly popular as we roll the film out to the top 20 markets this Memorial Day Weekend. The word of mouth on the film has been fantastic and we are thankful to the critical community who has supported the film wholeheartedly. The film is currently 90% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and a New York Times Critics Pick.”
Fellow debut Becoming Traviata had the weekend’s second best results among the titles reporting numbers. The film, which stars the soprano Natalie Dessay, bowed at New York’s Film Forum with a $5,040 gross. While not significant, the number could be skewed as decent considering its niche appeal. Noted Distrib Films: “The film showed particular strength at the matinee shows, with Saturday’s matinees leading to an increase of nearly 65% in overall business for the day from Friday’s total sales. Similar matinee strength is expected on Sunday.” Becoming Traviata will open in select theaters in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Encino and Palm Springs next weekend before expanding to markets including Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Portland, Phoenix, Detroit, South Florida and others throughout June.
Cinedigm‘s The English Teacher failed the box office test in its opening frame. It only took in $6K in two runs in LA and Pasadena. It’s slated to head to additional markets including New York next weekend. Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner Pieta opened with less than a roar in one showing. The Kim Ki-duk-directed feature managed to pull in $6,228 in its Friday to Sunday estimates.
Among second weekend returnees, only last weekend’s number one grosser, Stories We Tell, reported numbers. The Roadside Attractions doc directed by Sarah Polley held strong in expansion, grossing just under $137K in 23 runs ($5,960 PSA). It opened last week with $31K in two theaters.
Millennium Films blasted out The Iceman in its third weekend, adding 148 locations. The film grossed $452,426 from 165 theaters, averaging $2,742. Last weekend, the film averaged $6,383 from 17 runs. Its three-week total stands at just over $751K. TWC added 39 locations for Kon-Tiki in its fourth weekend. The Pacific adventure feature grossed $153K, averaging $2,508. And Sony Classics added 12 theaters for Love Is All You Need in its third weekend. The film averaged $3,306 from a $72,724 gross.
Becoming Traviata (Distrib Film) [1 Theater] Weekend $5,040, Cume $6,282 (Wed. Opening)
The English Teacher (Cinedigm) [2 Theaters] Weekend $6K, Average $3K
Frances Ha (IFC Films) [4 Theaters] Weekend $134K, Average $33,500
Pieta (Drafthouse Films) [1 Theater] Weekend $6,228
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Stories We Tell (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $136,820, Average $5,960, Cume $180,334
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 3 [25 Theaters] Weekend $12,300, Average $492, Cume $168,713
The Iceman (Millennium Entertainment) Week 3 [165 Theaters] Weekend $452,426, Average $2,742, Cume $751,164
Love Is All You Need (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [22 Theaters] Weekend $72,724, Average $3,306, Cume $175,956
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s (Entertainment One) Week 3 [24 Theaters] Weekend $42,465, Average $1,761, Cume $178,370
What Maisie Knew (Millennium Entertainment) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $34,121, Average $8,530, Cume $104,026
Kon-Tiki (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [61 Theaters] Weekend $153K, Average $2,508, Cume $415,624
Midnight’s Children (Paladin/108 Media) Week 4 [17 Theaters] Weekend $27,975, Average $1,646, Cume $107,234
Mud (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 4 [960 Theaters] Weekend $2,160,285, Average $2,250, Cume $11,587,710
Deceptive Practices: The Mentors And Mysteries Of Ricky Jay (Kino Lorber) Week 5 [1 Theater] Weekend $10K, Cume $70,548
Filly Brown (Pantelion/Indomina) Week 5 [39 Theaters] Weekend $24K, Average $615, Cume $2,767,428
Home Run (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 5 [86 Theaters] Weekend $51,600, Average $600, Cume $2,824,428
In The House (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [36 Theaters] Weekend $57,107, Average $1,586, Cume $305,578
Disconnect (LD Entertainment) Week 6 [92 Theaters] Weekend $73,937, Average $804, Cume $1,436,862
The Company You Keep (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [394 Theaters] Weekend $234,687, Average $1,052, Cume $4,519,718
Upstream Color (erbp Film – Self Distributed) Week 7 [11 Theaters] Weekend $6,520, Average $593, Cume $415,067
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus Features) Week 8 [317 Theaters] Weekend $284,584, Average $898, Cume $20,613,416
Renoir (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 8 [80 Theaters] Weekend $128K, Average $1,600, Cume $1,497,171
The Sapphires (The Weinstein Company) Week 9 [102 Theaters] Weekend $103K, Average $1,010, Cume $1,993,800