The weekend had no new specialty anchors and the few niche films that did open, including Phase 4’s The Crash Reel, Magnolia’s Here Comes The Devil and Janus’ Liv & Ingmar, didn’t bother to report numbers Sunday morning. So cheers to Hobbits and Hustlers this holiday season because the new indies passed out. Inside Llewyn Davis was by far last weekend’s big story and by default receives this weekend’s focus. It opened with the year’s 2nd highest PSA at $100,500 in 4 theaters and perhaps not so shockingly finished its second weekend with less celestial figures. The Golden Globes nominee added 11 theaters, grossing a reported $344K in 15 runs for a $22,931 average, bringing its 10 day cume to $897,504.
Delivering the numbers Sunday morning, CBS Films noted: “To be clear, the film had one of the highest limited openings of all time last weekend so a drop was expected. A $20K+ PSA (15 locations) in week two, against significant competition on both the limited and wide release front.” CBS said it felt good about the numbers and expect the film to continue to play well as it expands. Llewyn grossed just under $97K Friday, jumping 45% to almost $141K Saturday. It will head into wider release in January.
The week was jam packed with news leading up to South African icon Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The Weinstein Company bowed Toronto, Mill Valley, Hamptons and AFI Fest Golden Globe feature Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom three weeks ago in a platform release and it has stuck to that strategy. The film grossed $31,809 in 4 theaters, averaging $7,952 though that compares to its $19,413 average (58% decline) last week in the same number of runs. TWC’s Philomena continued its robust run in its 4th weekend, however, remaining in 835 theaters grossing $1.756M for a $2,103 average, a 23% decline from the previous week.
Related: R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
12 Years A Slave cleaned up this week at the Golden Globes with seven nominations, tying American Hustle. The film dropped 585 theaters compared to last week, grossing $685K in 497 theaters. It played 1,082 runs last week, however the Oscar hopeful increased its average, this week coming in at $1,378 in its 9th weekend. Last week it averaged $1,054.
Paramount Vantage’s Nebraska added 137 theaters in its fifth weekend, grossing $850K averaging $3,400. It has now cumed almost $3.32M. Focus’ Dallas Buyers Club shed 160 runs in its seventh week, grossing $1,129,592, a 25% drop from last week, averaging $1,968 vs last week’s $1,987 PSA in 734 theaters.
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films) Week 2 [15 Theaters] Weekend $343,972, Average $22,931, Cume $897,504
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Black Nativity (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [260 Theaters] Weekend $135K, Average $519, Cume $6,869,486
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $31,809, Average $7,952, Cume $237,804
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [835 Theaters] Weekend $1,756,000, Average $2,103, Cume $11,018,978
The Great Beauty (Janus Films) Week 5 [35 Theaters] Weekend $84,889, Average $2,425, Cume $529,297
Nebraska (Paramount Vantage) Week 5 [250 Theaters] Weekend $850K, Average $3,400, Cume $3,315,999
The Armstrong Lie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [46 Theaters] Weekend $30,779, Average $669, Cume $292,916
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 7 [574 Theaters] Weekend $1,129,592, Average $1,968, Cume $14,159,276
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Sundance Selects) Week 8 [54 Theaters] Weekend $57,240 Average $1,060, Cume $1,898,021
Spinning Plates (The Film Arcade) Week 8 [6 Theaters] Weekend $4,817, Average $803, Cume $109,858
All Is Lost (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 9 [261 Theaters] Weekend $163,392, Average $626, Cume $5,710,461
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 9 [497 Theaters] Weekend $685K, Average $1,378, Cume $36,316,688
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 12 [11 Theaters] Weekend $2,801, Average $254, Cume $1,187,540
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 21 [302 Theaters] Weekend $100,904, Average $334, Cume $32,898,766
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 27 [32 Theaters] Weekend $12,389, Average $387, Cume $4,794,469