boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)The Raid 2 and documentary Finding Vivian Maier found solid footing in their opens this weekend, while Cesar Chavez had a mixed start as holdover juggernaut The Grand Budapest Hotel continued to hold sway as March makes its exit. Sony Classics ventured into the action-thriller genre with The Raid 2 and scored a solid open. The feature by Gareth Evans, a follow-up to his 2012 pic The Raid: Redemption, grossed nearly $177K in just seven locations, by far taking the highest per-theater average of this weekend’s reporting newcomers with a solid $25,272. the-raid-2Raid: Redemption grossed nearly $214K when it opened in March 2012, averaging $15,270. It went on to cume over $4.1M domestically. “There’s a loyal following to the first film, but the word-of-mouth from all the screenings we’ve had have been great,” SPC co-president Michael Barker told me this week. “It was a triumph at Sundance and at SXSW. All these factors foreshadow a good run.” It will head into about 30 theaters in five or six cities this week before heading wide into 1,200 locations.

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Finding Vivian MaierSundance Selects opened doc Finding Vivian Maier in a trio of locations to fairly robust audiences. The film about the unknown artist/photographer who has now received recognition five years after her death grossed $63,600 for a strong $21,200 screen average. Sundance Selects noted the film opened to “rave reviews” and had “multiple sell outs” at its two NYC locations and its single location in Los Angeles. Noted Sundance Selects Sunday: “A festival hit, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring this fascinating documentary to a larger audience. Finding Vivian Maier will open on an aggressive platform release opening the top 50 markets in the next couple of weeks.”

Cesar Chavez FilmLionsgate/Pantelion’s Cesar Chavez bowed in a fairly large number of theaters with disparate results. The film about the farm workers champion lured a strong following in areas he was active, grossing $3 million overall for a $4,518 average. The film also boasted an A Cinemascore, though the film starring Michael Peña as the civil rights activist/labor organizer as well as America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson fared comparatively slow in New York. Abramorama, meanwhile opened Mistaken For Strangers in 9 theaters with an OK start. It grossed $81,800, averaging $9,089.

Some second weekend holdovers kept their numbers quiet Sunday, including Magnolia’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and Samuel Goldwyn’s Anita. SPC’s doc Jodorowsky’s Dune opened well last week and continued to show legs in its second frame. It added 5 locations for week 2, grossing $36,655 for a $5,236 PTA. The film opened in three theaters, averaging $12,238. Millennium added four runs for Rob The Mob. It grossed $25,624 with a $5,125 PTA. Rob opened in a single location last weekend, grossing $11,626.

The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel is still an audience favorite one month into its theatrical release and still a PTA star even as it moved into near wide rotation. The Fox Searchlight release directed by Wes Anderson grossed $8.825M in 977 theaters, averaging a robust $9,033. Last week it grossed $6.75M in 304 theaters ($22,204 average). Searchlight noted Sunday reporting its numbers: “It is probable that we will end the weekend in 5th place in the overall Box Office, however a strong Sunday surge by the film God’s Not Dead may push us to 6th place — still a great result…[The film] is still attracting huge numbers in Art and Specialty theaters, and is now crossing over to mainstream multiplexes in large numbers as well…Word of mouth has been great and people are talking about this well-written comedy with the tremendous cast.” Budapest played large, medium and small markets across North America and the film will add theaters in small towns and additional markets this coming week.

Music Box Films doubled locations for British drama Le Week-End in its 3rd round. The film grossed $225K, averaging $4,500 in 50 theaters, a small decline from its $5,636 average last week in 25 locations. Music Box will again double runs as the film heads into its fifth weekend.

NEW
Cesar Chavez (Lionsgate/Pantelion) NEW [664 Theaters] Weekend $3M, Average $4,518
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $63,600, Average $21,200
Mistaken For Strangers (Abramorama) NEW [9 Theaters] Weekend $81,800, Average $9,089
The Raid 2 (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [7 Theaters] Weekend $176,907, Average $25,272

Returning / 2nd Weekend
50 to 1 (Ten Furlongs) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $37,647, Average $2,091, Cume $144,746
Jodorowsky’s Dune (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $36,655, Average $5,236, Cume $91,309
Rob The Mob (Millennium Entertainment) Week 2 [5 Theater] Weekend $25,624, Average $5,125, Cume $43,586

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Bad Words (Focus Features) Week 3 [842 Theaters] Weekend $2.645M, Average $3,141, Cume $3.564M
Big Men (Abramorama) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $9,589, Average $3,196, Cume $35,593
Enemy (A24) Week 3 [120 Theater] Weekend $132,206, Average $1,102, Cume $777,517
On My Way (Cohen Media Group) Week 3 [31 Theaters] Weekend $60,188, Average $1,942, Cume $150,571
Teenage (Oscilloscope) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $3K, Average $1K, Cume $19,507
Le Week-End (Music Box Films) Week 3 [50 Theaters] Weekend $225K, Average $4,500, Cume $482,514
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [977 Theaters] Weekend $8,825,000, Average $9,033, Cume $24,456,815
Particle Fever (Abramorama/Bond 360) Week 4 [27 Theaters] Weekend $74,831, Average $2,772, Cume $448,630
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [73 Theaters] Weekend $312,650, Average $4,283, Cume $910,671
Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [94 Theaters] Weekend $96,821, Average $1,030, Cume $1,430,359
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 19 [202 Theaters] Weekend $111K, Average $550, Cume $37,330,123
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 22 [99 Theaters] Weekend $60K, Average $606, Cume $27,195,189
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 24 [228 Theaters] Weekend $137K, Average $601, Cume $56,381,327
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 42 [4 Theaters] Weekend $1,500, Average $375, Cume $4,937,947