It was predictable that Inside Llewyn Davis would rule over the Specialty Box Office this weekend, but the question mark was how big the numbers would be for the CBS Films release. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Oscar Isaac, folk music drama grossed a spectacular $402K in four theaters, giving the feature a knock out $100,500 per screen average. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine opened slightly higher earlier this year with a $102,011 PSA, but the weekend’s numbers far outpace the Coens’ previous non-studio release A Serious Man, which had a $41,890 PSA from 6 theaters when it opened in October, 2009. CBS Films reported that the Cannes Grand Prix winner bowed Friday with a $123,340 gross, jumping 29% on Saturday to $159,324. It is estimating a 25% drop for Sunday to $119,336.
Noted CBS Films Sunday morning touting Llewyn Davis‘ numbers: “Looking at the past decade (and excluding the El Capitan live show premium) this puts Inside Llewyn Davis in the #7 slot for PSA on opening weekend. Above There Will Be Blood in two locations ($95,370 PSA) and Midnight In Paris in six locations ($99,834 PSA).” Inside Llewyn Davis will expand December 20 but will remain in limited runs before going nationwide in January.
“As excited as we were to get the film back in February and with the reviews and award at Cannes,” said Steven Friedlander, EVP, Theatrical Distribution at CBS Films Sunday. “There’s nothing that beats theater managers telling us about repeat sell out shows. We’re thrilled with the early word of mouth and look forward to weeks of fans finding themselves lost in funny, beautiful and completely unique world of the Coens.”
In other weekend openers reporting numbers (some have not), Abramorama opened Breakfast With Curtis in one theater, grossing a slight $2,009, though the company noted that it played a 32 seat theater and did not screen after 7:30pm. eOne’s Twice Born opened in 10 locations, grossing $13,865, giving it a slow $1,386 average.
TWC’s Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom received media and Twitter attention following the death of revered South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela Thursday, though the company kept the title in four runs. It grossed well over $77K, giving it a strong $19,413 average in its second weekend. The film opened in 4 theaters, averaging just over $25K last week. Also in its second weekend, FilmDistrict’s Oldboy continued to flounder in the box office. The film maintained its 583 runs and grossed $296K this weekend for a soft $508 average. IFC Films added 13 theaters for the second weekend of The Punk Singer. It grossed $29K-plus, averaging $1,820. It opend with an $8K average in 3 theaters last weekend.
Holdovers Philomena, Nebraska and Dallas Buyers Club held solid in their runs. TWC kept Philomena in 835 theaters, grossing $2.282M for a $2,733 average. The film ranked ninth in the overall box office. Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club placed 10th in the overall box office. Focus added 38 runs for the film starring Matthew McConaughey who won Best Actor at the Gothams last Monday. It grossed just under $1.46M ($1,987 average). Focus reported the film dropped 29% from last Saturday (a holiday weekend), and had a 42% drop for the weekend overall. Added the company about the film which is its last release under the stewardship of James Schamus: “DBC continues to draw its Saturday core audience as reflected by a strong 63% increase from Friday to Saturday. The 63% increase from Friday to Saturday (coupled with the 29% drop in yesterday’s BO from last Saturday), are a clear measure of powerful word-of-mouth. The core adult audience is keeping the film in demand after multiple weeks of play in theaters.”
Paramount Vantage added 13 additional runs for Alexander Payne’s Cannes and NYFF debut Nebraska. It grossed $545K, averaging $4,739 in 115 theaters. The film starring Bruce Dern averaged $7,137 last weekend from 102 theaters. Its four week cume is over $2.26M. Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave, meanwhile grossed $1.14M in 1,082 theaters in its 8th weekend of release, averaging $1,054. The Oscar hopeful shed 83 runs from a week prior.
And Janus Films kept Italy’s Best Foreign Language Oscar contender in 23 theaters. The film grossed $88,478, averaging $3,847. The film topped this weekend’s European Film Awards in Berlin and has cumed nearly $400K in the U.S.
Breakfast With Curtis (Abramorama and Bond360) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $2,009
Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $402K, Average $100,500
Twice Born (Entertainment One) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $13,865, Average $1,386
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $77,652, Average $19,413, Cume $183,368
Oldboy (FilmDistrict) Week 2 [583 Theaters] Weekend $296K, Average $508, Cume $1,951,216
The Punk Singer (IFC Films) Week 2 [16 Theaters] Weekend $29,120, Average $1,820, Cume $67,980
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Narco Cultura (Cinedigm) Week 3 [46 Theaters] Weekend $65K, $1,413, Cume $80,407
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [835 Theaters] Weekend $2,282,000, Average $2,733, Cume $8,254,635
The Great Beauty (Janus Films) Week 4 (23 Theaters) Weekend $88,478, Average $3,847, Cume $396,439
Nebraska (Paramount Vantage) Week 4 (115 Theaters) Weekend $545K, Average $4,739, Cume $2,262,478
The Armstrong Lie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [77 Theaters] Weekend $37,812, Average $491, Cume $245,449
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 6 [734 Theaters] Weekend $1,458,662, Average $1,987, Cume $12,411,119
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Sundance Selects) Week 7 [75 Theaters] Weekend $82,500, Average $1,100, Cume $1,792,070
Spinning Plates (The Film Arcade) Week 7 [6 Theaters] Weekend $3,138, Average $523, Cume $93,687
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [1,082 Theaters] Weekend $1.14M, Average $1,054, Cume $35,012,120
Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [72 Theaters] Weekend $36,310, Average $504, Cume $827,141
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 11 [14 Theaters] Weekend $10,894, Average $778, Cume $1,179,741
Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 12 [94 Theaters] Weekend $62K, Average $660, Cume $17,289,986
Generation Iron (Vladar) Week 12 [7 Theaters] Weekend $22,600, Average $3,228, Cume $845,741
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 20 [15 Theaters] Weekend $24,710, Average $1,647, Cume $32,783,097
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 26 [10 Theaters] Weekend $2,021, Average $202, Cume $4,779,037