Dallas Buyers Club cinched the top spot in the Specialty Box Office, grossing over $264K, averaging a strong $29K-plus in 9 theaters this weekend. The Toronto debut starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof who took on the medical establishment illegally importing promising drugs from abroad after learning he was HIV-positive.
“The word-of-mouth is stimulating the box office momentum which we see in the big increase from Friday to Saturday,” noted Focus Sunday. “Dallas experienced a strong increase in box office on Saturday with a 71% overall bump from Friday to Saturday. Yesterday’s increase is a strong indication that the film’s popular and box office momentum is working well. Grosses in the U.S. houses are strong with Dallas the #1 ranked film in 4 of the 6 opening houses.” Focus added that “smart-house films” historically increase in the upper 40% range from Friday to Saturday.
The distributor had more flush results from The Place Beyond The Pines earlier this year, grossing over $279 in 4 theaters in April, averaging nearly $70K. Had Dallas only opened in its 6 U.S. theaters, the average would have been $35K. The film also bowed in 3 Canadian locations this weekend. The result is an auspicious send off to the “Specialty” incarnation of Focus lead by James Schamus.
Zeitgeist opened The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, a follow up of sorts to 2006’s The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema. The film had the weekend’s second highest PSA among newcomers, bowing exclusively at IFC Center in New York with $9,500. It will expand to major markets through the end of the year. O-scope also opened its latest release These Birds Walk in a single location, grossing $8K, while Submarine Deluxe opened doc Casting By in two runs, grossing $7,850 ($3,925 PSA). RADiUS-TWC opened Man Of Tai Chi in over a hundred runs, grossing $56,684. The number, however, is considerably higher when factoring in its Ultra-VOD number, which the company revealed to Deadline exclusively late last week to be $1.5 million since its run on digital and on demand platforms began September 27. RADiUS’ doc Inequality For All, meanwhile passed the $1M mark as the weekend started.
Tribeca Film opened two films this weekend including Belgium’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, Broken Circle Breakdown. It bowed in one run grossing just over $7K. It is notable in that it is the distributor’s first exclusive theatrical roll out. “Tribeca, which has foregone their traditional day and date release pattern and will give the film a standard theatrical window, has mapped out an extensive platform release for the film, bringing the movie to Los Angeles next weekend, followed by Boston, Philadelphia, Washington and Seattle on 11/15 and rounding out the top 10 on 11/22 before expanding to the top 25 markets on December 6,” the company said Sunday. It also opened James Franco‘s Sal in one run, grossing $6,750.
Among holdovers, much talked about Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color lost a bit of luster in its second weekend expansion. The French-language NC-17 title added 33 theaters, grossing $222K for a $6K average. The Sundance Selects title opened last weekend in 4 locations, averaging over $25K. The company said it will expand to the top 25 markets next weekend, adding that “the film continues to sell out shows in this very crowded marketplace.” The Film Arcade added 3 additional runs for doc Spinning Plates. It averaged $1,802. The film opened in 3 theaters last weekend, averaging $6,843. Oscar hopeful The Square moved beyond its exclusive run at New York’s Film Forum, heading to two additional theaters in L.A. The doc averaged just over $4K.
Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave had a big expansion into 287 additional runs in its third weekend. The film actually had the second biggest PSA of the weekend at $11,220. Also a likely big contender come Oscar time, the film grossed $4.6M in 410 theaters, putting its three week cume at $8,760,324.
Noted Searchlight Sunday: “The film is hitting on all cylinders as the performance of the picture this weekend in art Houses, African American theaters, mainstream multiplexes and upscale suburban houses clearly indicate. There is a wide variety of success in the marketplace and awareness seems to growing each and everyday for 12 Years A Slave. The new markets were strong pretty much across the board and holdovers from last week were great. We expect the heat on the film to really start to generate even more good word of mouth.” Searchlight will expand its national release to nearly every market across North America next week and said it could get up to 1000 theaters.
Broken Circle Breakdown (Tribeca Film) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,075
Casting By (Submarine Deluxe) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,850, Average $3,925
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) NEW [9 Theaters] Weekend $264,128, Average $29,347
Diana (Entertainment One) NEW [38 Theaters] Weekend $64,913, Average $1,708
Man Of Tai Chi (RADiUS-TWC) NEW [110 Theaters] Weekend $56,684, Average $515, Cume $112,318
The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology (Zeitgeist Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,500
Running From Crazy (Vitagraph Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7K
Sal (Tribeca Film) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,750
These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope Laboratories) NEW 1 Theater] Weekend $8K
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [37 Theaters] Weekend $222K, Average $6K, Cume $379,278
Capital (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [32 Theaters] Weekend $41,224, Average $1,288, Cume $71,311
Spinning Plates (The Film Arcade) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $10,810, Average $1,802, Cume $38,434
The Square (Self distributed – Noujaim Films) [3 Theaters] Weekend $12,025, Average $4,008, Cume $32,720
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
All Is Lost/strong> (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 3 [131 Theaters] Weekend $593,700, Average $4,532, Cume $1,457,392
American Promise (Rada Film Group) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $15,370 , Average $3,843, Cume $60,479
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [410 Theaters] Weekend $4.6M, Average $11,220, Cume $8,760,324
Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [19 Theaters] Weekend $72,648, Average $3,824, Cume $224,543
Escape From Tomorrow (Producers Distribution Agency) Week 4 [7 Theaters] Weekend $5,491, Average $784, Cume $164,656
A.C.O.D. (The Film Arcade) Week 5 [15 Theaters] Weekend $6,488, Average $433, Cume $171,408
Grace Unplugged (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 5 [81 Theaters] Weekend $46,050, Average $567, Cume $2,452,551
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 5 [67 Theaters] Weekend $51,114, Average $763, Cume $1,051,343
Parkland (Exclusive Media) Week 5 [5 Theaters] Weekend $5,475, Average $1,095, Cume $652,944
After Tiller (Oscilloscope) Week 7 [3 Theaters] Weekend $2,200, Average $733, Cume $59,045
Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [662 Theaters] Weekend $1.075M, Average $1,624, Cume $14,798,680
Generation Iron (Vladar) Week 7 [8 Theaters] Weekend $23,654, Average $2,957, Cume $759,798
Mother Of George (Oscilloscope) Week 8 [4 Theaters] Weekend $2K, Average $500, Cume $143,300
Wadjda (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [84 Theaters] Weekend $99,153, Average $1,180, Cume $1,144,633
The Spectacular Now (A24) Week 14 [18 Theaters] Weekend $2,632, Average $146, Cume $6,836,887
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 15 [94 Theaters] Weekend $113,371, Average $1,206, Cume $32,389,022
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 21 [9 Theaters] Weekend $10,572, Average $1,174, Cume $4,730,860