Brian Brooks is a Deadline specialty film contributor:

Zeitgeist Films’ Hannah Arendt and Fox Searchlight’s The East bowed strong over the weekend, reigning atop a half dozen newcomers among the Specialties. In one theater, Arendt grossed a hefty $31K, bringing its five day take to $45,502 (the film opened Wednesday), while Searchlight opened The East in four locations, taking in $75,628 for a $18,907 PSA. Also opening with some gusto was CBS Films’ The Kings Of Summer. The Sundance debut features a little-known cast, but managed a $58K weekend gross for a $14,500 average. Magnolia’s Shadow Dancer opened comparatively more mild with $10,200 in a pair of locations, while Variance’s The History Of Future Folk took in $6,100 from one run. Related: Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The East’, ‘The History Of Future Folk’, ‘Hannah Arendt’, ‘The Kings Of Summer’

NEW
Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan (Cinema Purgatorio) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $770
The East (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $75,628, Average $18,907
Hannah Arendt (Zeitgeist Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $31K, Cume $45,502 (Wed Opening)
The History Of Future Folk (Variance Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,100
The Kings Of Summer (CBS Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $58K, Average $14,500
Shadow Dancer (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $10,200, Average $5,100

Returning / 2nd Weekend
Before Midnight (Sony Classics) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Wkd $430,542, Aver $13,888, Cume $800,314
Fill The Void (Sony Classics) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Wkd $48,192, Aver $8,032, Cume $148,831

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Frances Ha (IFC Films) Week 3 [133 Theaters] Wkd $552,182, Aver $4,154, Cume $1.5M
Stories We Tell (Roadside) Week 4 [39 Theaters] Wkd $119,750, Aver $3,072, Cume $906,729
The Iceman (Millennium) Week 5 [123 Theaters] Wkd $123,098, Aver $1K, Cume $1.7M
Love Is All You Need (Sony Classics) Week 5 [71 Theaters] Wkd $168,809, Aver $2,378, Cume $707,321
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s (Ent One) Week 5 [38 Thrs] Wkd $38,407, Aver $1,011, Cume $382,958
What Maisie Knew (Millennium) Week 5 [101 Theaters] Wkd $205,878, Aver $2,038, Cume $543,344
Kon-Tiki (Weinstein) Week 6 [74 Theaters] Wkd $132K, Aver $1,784, Cume $888,625
Mud (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 6 [580 Theaters] Wkd $1.225,500, Aver $2,110, Cume $16.8M
In The House (Cohen) Week 7 [12 Theaters] Wkd $9,262, Aver $772, Cume $378,276
Disconnect (LD Ent) Week 8 [15 Theaters] Wkd $10,858, Aver $724, Cume $1.5M
The Company You Keep (Sony Classics) Week 9 [73 Theaters] Wkd $66,295, Aver $908, Cume $4.8M
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus) Week 10 [103 Theaters] Wkd $78,017, Aver $757, Cume $21.1M
The Sapphires (Weinstein) Week 11 [58 Theaters] Weekend $57K, Aver $983, Cume $2.2M