Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
The weekend again boasted a plentiful bounty of new Specialty titles, though the saturation has generally divided audiences. In the end, a Chinese film and a documentary were the weekend’s highest per screen average films as nothing exactly dazzled at the box office. Kino Lorber capitalized on the momentum of A Touch Of Sin fresh from its premiere at the New York Film Festival, opening the Zhangke Jia-directed film at Lincoln Plaza and IFC Center in NYC, grossing $24K in two theaters. Kino Lorber gave kudos to NYFF for heightening awareness of the film, which stars Wu Jiang and Vivien Li, as well as a “strong NYT review.” It will head to Laemmle’s Royal Theater in L.A. next weekend and expand throughout the fall.
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Ketchup seasoned its documentary debut Linsanity to the tune of $103K, giving the docu about the rise of the NBA’s Chinese American point guard Jeremy Lin a solid $11,444 average. The pic has also been the top documentary all weekend on iTunes. The figure is notable considering it bowed in 9 theaters. Other docus such as Act Of Killing had higher averages but opened in fewer theaters ($27,450 in 1 theater for Act Of Killing in July, $13,527 in 2 theaters for Stories We Tell in May, $18,199 for 20 Feet From Stardom in 3 theaters in June). “Fans came out to cheer this incredible underdog story”, Ketchup said this morning. “Additional screens were added in both New York and Los Angeles to accommodate demand. It is so gratifying to see audiences embrace Jeremy Lin’s story and cheer with us for the film. We have had a fantastic collaboration with the producer team, Christopher Chen, Brian Yang, Allen Lu and filmmaker Evan Leong.”
Reliance, Exclusive Media and Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate had the weekend’s largest opening first weekend rollouts, with the latter opening faith-centered Grace Unplugged in 511 theaters. The film about a Christian singer’s brush with Hollywood took in more than $1 million, averaging just north of $2K. Noted Roadside’s Howard Cohen, “[Grace Unplugged] is a lower-budgeted instructional religious movie that is made with entertainment in mind…I think it’s one of the best made movies for this audience yet.” Reliance bowed Bollywood feature Besharam in 217 theaters, grossing nearly $389K. It is averaging $1,792 for a $504K cume since opening Wednesday. “Reliance has been constantly targeting audiences outside the South Asian community through mainstream press and reviews,” Reliance COO Mahesh Ramanathan said. “This has helped if the story is more universal and travels. Reliance Entertainment’s 3 Idiots still holds the record for the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in North America with a U.S. $6.5 million gross.” Exclusive’s Parkland, meanwhile opened in 257 theaters, grossing more than $335K for a $1,305 average.
The Film Arcade opened A.C.O.D. in three theaters, grossing just over $20K for a $6,682 average. The Sundance title, which Film Arcade styled as “the perfect comedy to counter-program opposite Gravity” will continue to roll out in additional cities this fall ahead of its VOD release next year. RADiUS-TWC rolled out fellow Sundance film Concussion in a pair of locations, averaging $4,108, while Zeitgeist opened Let The Fire Burn in one theater, taking in $5,375. Anchor Bay opened Nothing Left To Fear in 5 theaters, averaging $1,462, while its fellow opener All Is Bright bowed in a comparatively larger 10 runs, though it wallowed with just $409 per screen.
Picturehouse added 284 runs for the second weekend of its debut film since re-opening. Metallica Through The Never grossed over $682K, averaging $1,159 in 589 theaters. The film had opened exclusively in 305 IMAX theaters last weekend, grossing over $1.67 million. RADiUS added 13 locations for its docu Inequality For All, grossing just over $136K in 41 theaters. The film featuring former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on America’s growing income disparity has cumed nearly $336K in two weeks. Fox Searchlight’s Nicole Holofcener-directed feature starring the late James Gandolfini continues to be a Specialty juggernaut: In third weekend, Enough Said grossed over $2.15 million in 437 theaters, averaging $4,920. Noted Searchlight today: “We have continued to hold very well in the Art/Specialty market, however we are now seeing signs that the film is crossing over to mainstream audiences who are looking for a smart, adult film that combines comedy, drama, romance, and poignancy.” The film will expand again next weekend to bring its theater count to 600-650.
A.C.O.D. (The Film Arcade) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $20,047, Average $6,682
A Touch Of Sin (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $24K, Average $12K
All Is Bright (Anchor Bay) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $4,088, Average $409
Besharam (Reliance Entertainment) NEW [217 Theaters] Weekend $388,915, Average $1,792, Cume $504,284 (Wed. Open)
Concussion (RADiUS-TWC) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $8,216, Average $4,108
Grace Unplugged (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) [511 Theaters] Weekend $1,045,400, Average $2,040
Let The Fire Burn (Zeitgeist Films] NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $5,375, Cume $7,665 (Wed. Open)
Linsanity (Ketchup Entertainment) NEW [9 Theaters] Weekend $103K, Average $11,444
Nothing Left To Fear (Anchor Bay) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $7,308, Average $1,462
Parkland (Exclusive Media) NEW [257 Theaters] Weekend $335,438, Average $1,305
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Metallica Through The Never (Picturehouse) Week 2 [589 Theaters] Weekend $682,692, Average $1,159, Cume $2,723,907
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 2 [41 Theaters] Weekend $136,037, Average $3,318, Cume $335,762
We Are What We Are (Entertainment One) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $7,655, Average $957, Cume $25,044
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
After Tiller (Oscilloscope) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $3,333, Cume $30,746
Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [437 Theaters] Weekend $2.15M, Average $4,920, Cume $5.4M
Generation Iron (Vladar) Week 3 [70 Theaters] Weekend $133,750, Average $1,911, Cume $407,150
Mother Of George (Oscilloscope) Week 4 [8 Theaters] Weekend $10,200, Average $1,275, Cume $100,078
Wadjda (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [44 Theaters] Weekend $125,971, Average $2,863, Cume $466,437
Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve (Liberty Street Films) Week 5, Weekend $, Average $, Cume $
Short Term 12 (Cinedigm) Week 7 [36 Theaters] Weekend $34K, Average $944, Cume $872,912
Austenland (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [65 Theaters] Weekend $66,938, Average $1,030, Cume $1,846,379
In A World (Roadside Attractions) Week 9 [78 Theaters] Weekend $62,700, Average $803, Cume $2,710,132
The Spectacular Now (A24) Week 10 [58 Theaters] Weekend $50,376, Average $869, Cume $6,748,263
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [289 Theaters] Weekend $454,010, Average $1,571, Cume $31,390,795