After spending most of 2014 gushing over the Oscar nominees and relatively few others, the specialty box office biz got a massive jolt this weekend with the arrival of Wes Anderson‘s Berlin opener The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Fox Searchlight film broke records for a live-action opener, grossing a massive $800K in four theaters (the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the Landmark in West LA, the Regal Union Square in NY, and the AMC Lincoln Square in NY) for a stunning $200K per-theater average. Other openers braved opening alongside Budapest this weekend with various results.
Three of the bigger openings this weekend had not reported numbers as of this afternoon. Magnolia Pictures opened the Elijah Wood-starring thriller Grand Piano in one theater each in New York, L.A. and Austin. The distrib’s genre label Magnet Releasing is behind the North American rollout of China blockbuster Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons, which grossed $205 million in its home territory alone last year. It opened Friday in 10 markets ahead of a broader U.S. rollout. Another pic, the Italian drama Miele (Honey), opened in a single NY theater before expanding to LA next week. We’ll update with those numbers when they arrive.
Abramorama and Bond 360 collaborated on documentary Particle Fever, opening in three theaters and grossing a solid $43,804 for a $14,601 average. The distributors said the film also played to full houses and increases momentum over the weekend, leading to Saturday grosses that doubled Friday’s, according to the companies. The film will expand to 30 markets in the coming weeks and will be on VOD in the coming months. IFC Films bowed The Face Of Love in three theaters, grossing $25,800 for a decent $8,600 average. The distributor said the film played to sold-out shows in LA, receiving “strong reviews.” It will head to the top 20 markets throughout March.
Adopt Film, meanwhile, opened Bethlehem in a comparatively hefty 26 runs, grossing $69,700 for a $2,681 average. “Our goal will be to open on at least 100 screens over a platform release lasting eight to 12 weeks,” Adopt’s Jeff Lipsky told me this week. Adopt is having a good showing for its Foreign Language Oscar nominee Omar. It grossed $84,100 in 40 theaters (down from 53 last week), averaging $2,102. It has cumed $484,767.
SPC expanded The Lunchbox into 10 additional locations in its second bow. The film grossed $126,443 for a solid $9,726 average and a $190K-plus two-week cume. Lionsgate/Codeblack added 5 runs for Repentance. The feature took in $290K ($1,847 PTA) after it opened last week, grossing $530K in 152 theaters, averaging $3,487. Sundance Selects added 15 runs for Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. The docu grossed $48,300 for a $2,300 average and a three-week $115,300 cume.
Sony Classics’ Tim’s Vermeer and Roadside Attractions’ Gloria are notable holdovers in the box office. Both films had Oscar momentum but were dashed when the final nominations came out. Still, they have had solid box office numbers: Chile’s Gloria has fared quite well with an eight-week cume over $1.76M. This week, it played 75 theaters (down from 103 last week), grossing more than $107K ($1,432 average). Docu Tim’s Vermeer, meanwhile, has cumed over $727K in six weeks. SPC added a dozen runs from last week, grossing over $180K for a $2,771 average.
Focus Features added 96 runs for Dallas Buyers Club, which picked up Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto last week. The film grossed $637K, averaging just over $2K in 312 theaters — a clear pickup from the previous weekend when it grossed $427K in 216 locations ($1,977 average). It has cumed over $26.2M. Italy’s The Great Beauty took Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards and Janus Films added 29 runs in its 17th week out. It grossed $159,632 for a $2,073 average. Last week the film grossed nearly $98K in 48 theaters, averaging just more than $2K. Its cume is now over $2.44M in the U.S.
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Budapest, meanwhile, adds to Searchlight’s slate of good news after its 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture at the Oscars. The distributor took advantage of that momentum, adding 654 theaters. 12 Years grossed 2.175M in 1,065 theaters for a 2,042 PTA, placing the film 9th in the overall box office. Its 21-week cume is more than 53.1M for Searchlight, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Budapest, meanwhile, will add 17 new markets this weekend as well as expanding in New York and LA, bringing its total count to 65-75 theaters.
Bethlehem (Adopt Films) NEW [26 Theaters] Weekend $69,700, Average $2,681
The Face Of Love (IFC Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $25,800, Average $8,600
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $800K, Average $200K
Particle Fever (Abramorama/Bond 360) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $43,804, Average $14,601, Cume $51,705 (Wed. Open)
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [13 Theaters] Weekend $126,443, Average $9,726, Cume $190,283
Repentance (Lionsgate/Codeblack) Week 2 [157 Theaters] Weekend $290K, Average $1,847, Cume $912,097
Stalingrad (Sony) Week 2 [143 Theaters] Weekend $105K, Average $734, Cume $862,609
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [21 Theaters] Weekend $48,300, Average $2,300, Cume $115,300
Omar (Adopt Films) Week 3 [40 Theaters] Weekend $84,100, Average $2,102, Cume $484,767
Beijing Love Story (China Lion) Week 4 [6 Theaters] Weekend $12K, Average $2K, Cume $412,948
Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [65 Theaters] Weekend $180,093, Average $2,771, Cume $727,249
Gloria (Roadside Attractions) Week 8 [75 Theaters] Weekend $107,400, Average $1,432, Cume $1,768,580
August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company) Week 11 [196 Theaters] Weekend $125K, Average $638, Cume $37,304,456
Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films) Week 14 [52 Theaters] Weekend $29,100, Average $560, Cume $13,213,574
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 16 [670 Theaters] Weekend $708K, Average $1,057, Cume $35,931,747
The Great Beauty (Janus Films) Week 17 [77 Theaters] Weekend $159,632, Average $2,073, Cume $2,443,359
Nebraska (Paramount Vantage) Week 17 [180 Theaters] Weekend $200K, Average $1,111, Cume $17,482,517
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 19 [312 Theaters] Weekend $637K, Average $2,042, Cume $26,207,000
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 21 [1,065 Theaters] Weekend $2,175,000, Average $2,042, Cume $53,107,035
Cutie And The Boxer (RADiUS-TWC) Week 29 [2 Theaters] Weekend $323, Average $161, Cume $199,053
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 39 [55 Theaters] Weekend $27,648, Average $503, Cume $4,911,183