All attention is on the Oscars (and Spirits) this weekend, but a couple new specialty releases managed to gain some sparkle as they rolled out in limited release. Sony Pictures Classics’ Cannes debut The Lunchbox from India reigned over a half-dozen newcomers that rolled out Friday. The feature from the subcontinent (and not a “usual Bollywood” film) found traction to the tune of $51K-plus in an NYC & LA platform release for a solid $17,108 average, while Cinedigm’s Bag Man also bowed decently, grossing over $28K for a $14,245 average.
“It’s one of those engaging foreign films that has a potential to cross over [audiences],” SPC’s Michael Barker said about the film this week. “It’s culturally Indian, however the story crosses all borders.” Barker said the film will head to up to a dozen markets the following week, eventually playing the top 50 markets within five weeks of this weekend’s initial rollout.
Other openers fared more modestly in a straight PTA comparison, though Lionsgate/Codeblack notably opened its Repentance in a sizable number of locations Friday. The film grossed $530K in 152 theaters, for a $3,487 average. “Our basis for success is to focus on those core markets, and if we can stay in our 150 screens for six weeks or so, that is successful,” Codeblack president Jeff Clanagan told me this week. Sony, meanwhile, took its Russian- and German-language historical epic Stalingrad to a hefty number of IMAX theaters this weekend. The feature was a smash in its native Russia (presumably that does not include the Crimea), though the film had so-so success Stateside in its initial run, though as a foreign-language title in a fairly wide IMAX rollout, there are few comparable comparisons. It grossed $500K for a $1,623 average. It will continue its release into non-IMAX theaters in the coming weeks. Also rolling out in one location each were Velvet Films’ Fatal Assistance, which grossed $3K, while Sundance Selects opened Two Lives, grossing $1,364.
IFC Films’ second-week holdover Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me held decently, adding four runs over the weekend. It grossed nearly $22K in six theaters, averaging $3,623. Adopt Films’ Oscar nominee Omar added two locations in its second weekend, grossing $147K, for a solid $2,774 average in 53 theaters and a $410K two-week cume. Roadside’s In Secret opened in 266 theaters last week but shaved off 157 theaters in its second frame. It grossed a mere $46,200 in 109 theaters ($424 average).
China Lion continued to find audience affection with Beijing Love Story in its third weekend. The feature lost a single location compared with the previous week, grossing $42K in 11 theaters for a $3,818 PTA and a $387K cume. Sony Classics expanded doc Tim’s Vermeer into 31 additional theaters in its fifth outing. It held solid, grossing nearly $146K, averaging $2,754. It has passed the $500K cume threshold.
And as the Oscar nominees confront their awards destiny tonight in Hollywood, the hopefuls still are doing solid work at the box office as they hope to capitalize on their notoriety, expanding well into their releases. 12 Years A Slave, a big winner at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards,added runs in its 20th weekend. The Best Picture nominee grossed $900K in 411 theaters (up from last week’s 349), averaging $2,190. It also passed a milestone, with a 5-month $50.3M cume. Fellow nominee Dallas Buyers Club also added runs, grossing $427K in 216 theaters (175 last week), averaging $1,977, a decent jump from $1,577 last weekend. It also crossed a cumulative watermark with a $25.3M 18-week gross. Paramount Vantage added 79 theaters for Nebraska‘s 4-month mark, grossing $405K in 289 locations. It averaged $1,401 ($1,905 last week) and has cumed $17.1M. Best Foreign Language Film hopeful The Great Beauty from Italy continued to be the box office winner among its fellow nominees. It grossed nearly $98K in its 16th weekend, averaging $2,040 in 48 theaters. Beauty has cumed $2.23M.
The Bag Man (Cinedigm) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $28,449, Average $14,245
Fatal Assistance (Velvet Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3K
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $51,325, Average $17,108
Repentance (Lionsgate/Codeblack) NEW [152 Theaters] Weekend $530K, Average $3,487
Stalingrad (Sony) NEW [308 Theaters] Weekend $500K, Average $1,623
Two Lives (Sundance Selects) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $1,364
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (IFC Films) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $21,735, Average $3,623, Cume $61,197
In Secret (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [109 Theaters] Weekend $46,200, Average $424, Cume $423,754
Omar (Adopt Films) Week 2 [53 Theaters] Weekend $147K, Average $2,774, Cume $410K
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Beijing Love Story (China Lion) Week 3 [11 Theaters] Weekend $42K, Average $3,818, Cume $387K
Jimmy P. (IFC Films) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $2,106, Average $526, Cume $20,263
Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [53 Theaters] Weekend $145,966, Average $2,754, Cume $507,996
Gloria (Roadside Attractions) Week 7 [103 Theaters] Weekend $166,400, Average $1,616, Cume $1,610,457
Like Father Like Son (IFC Films) Week 7 [30 Theaters] Weekend $31,320, Average $1,044, Cume $231,761
August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company) Week 10 [346 Theaters] Weekend $246K, Average $711, Cume $37,073,051
The Past (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [66 Theaters] Weekend $50,757 Average $769, Cume $1,225,001
Ernest & Celestine (GKids) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $15,611
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 15 [1,097 Theaters] Weekend $1.224M, Average $1,116, Cume $34,628,668
The Great Beauty (Janus Films) Week 16 [48 Theaters] Weekend $97,938, Average $2,040, Cume $2,232,434
Nebraska (Paramount Vantage) Week 16 [289 Theaters] Weekend $405K, Average $1,401, Cume $17,133,208
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 18 [216 Theaters] Weekend $427K, Average $1,977, Cume $25,317,933
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 20 [411 Theaters] Weekend $900K, Average $2,190, Cume $50,260,365
Cutie And The Boxer (RADiUS-TWC) Week 29 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,400, Average $700, Cume $198,626
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 38 [9 Theaters] Weekend $5,235, Average $582, Cume $4,879,110