UPDATED: Boasting a bankable Hollywood star in a decidedly unconventional narrative, Jonathan Glazer’s stunning Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson (who also stars in this weekend’s fellow opener Captain America 2) proved a winning mix in the Specialty Box Office for distributor A24 in its opening weekend. The film, Glazer’s first in 10 years, grossed a robust $140K in four L.A. and NYC theaters. That comes in at a $35K screen average, easily the biggest since the The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s bombshell $202K PTA when it opened March 9. Under The Skin‘s initial numbers also bode well for A24, which opened in 2012 and had a streak of box office successes over last year, including Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which had an $87,667 PTA when it opened last March ($14.1M cume), The Spectacular Now ($49,354 PTA in 4 theaters last August and a $6.85M cume), The Bling Ring ($42,879 PTA in 5 theaters last June and a $5.8M cume) and Ginger & Rosa ($14,279 PTA in 3 theaters in March 2012, $1M cume).
Said A24 this weekend: “[Under The Skin] opened to rave reviews and sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. This unique cinematic event is second only to The Grand Budapest Hotel as the highest limited specialized film opening of the year. Scarlett Johannson, who stars in both Under The Skin and the Captain America sequel, was a box office star this weekend dominating the box office with Captain America and Under The Skin having the highest per screen average in the country.”
A24 noted that the title, which it acquired out of Toronto last year, is “an art movie that people are embracing.” A spokesperson told me Sunday that they “couldn’t sell more tickets” at its showing in New York’s Union Square. The film is also attracting a “younger audience.” Glazer traveled to the U.S. for two weeks in the lead up to its release here promoting the film. He participated in Q&A in Union Square this weekend. Under The Skin will expand to about 20 locations next week and will head to the top 50 markets by April 25.
Fox Searchlight opened Dom Hemingway with four runs, grossing $32K over the weekend ($8K PTA) and a $41,452 cume since bowing Wednesday in New York and L.A. Searchlight will add 6 new markets next week including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto, taking its total screen count to between 35 – 40 locations. Zeitgeist Films opened doc The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden with narration by a host of stars including Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. The film opened in a single Manhattan location, grossing $5,850. “They’re terrific filmmakers and so we acquired it prior to their premiere in Telluride,” said Zeitgeist co-president Emily Russo said this week. “They really scored with an incredible cast of voiceover artists.” Galapagos will head to the Shattuck Theater in Berkeley next week, followed by The Royal in L.A. April 18, expanding to about 50 markets through spring.
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II bowed in theaters following its launch via various on demand platforms March 20 (Vol. I was available March 6 ahead of its March 21 theatrical open). The second part of the Lars von Trier-directed film grossed $78K from 29 locations, averaging $2,690. It’s not a surprise that Vol. II would be slower theatrically given both films’ availability on demand. Vol. I opened in 25 theaters, grossing $175K for a $7K PTA. Magnolia said Vol. II will have a robust expansion in the coming weeks. Vol. I, meanwhile grossed $105,300 in 62 theaters in its 3rd week in theaters, averaging $1,698.
RADiUS-TWC opened Donald Rumsfeld doc The Unknown Known by Errol Morris in 18 locations in addition to various on demand platforms. Theatrically, it grossed $64,892 for a $3,605 PTA in its first weekend. Reporting numbers Sunday, the RADiUS co-president Tom Quinn said: “[The film] opened to strong critical response and solid NY grosses. Regionally it’s performing at the top of most engagements and we’ll continue to expand with 60 plus prints in its second week. Film also topped the charts on iTunes as the number one doc and an impressive #14 overall. Additional VOD numbers should be as strong.”
Lionsgate/Codeblack had the largest roll out among the Specialty newcomers this weekend, opening Frankie & Alice in 171 locations. It naturally had the highest overall gross among the pack, with a $350K gross and a decent $2,047 PTA. Entertainment One, meanwhile, opened Watermark in a pair of locations, grossing $8,012 for a $4,006 average. It will continue to open in select markets through April and early May with the filmmakers traveling with the film doing Q & As for the next 3 weeks.
CBS Films opened Afflicted in 44 theaters this weekend in addition to a day and date bow. Theatrically, it grossed $68,300 for a moderate $1,552 PTA, though those numbers are buoyed by its VOD/digital reach. CBS reported that the film, which was reported made for under a half million dollars, was “up 37% on Saturday.” The company also noted some general VOD comparisons today: “Afflicted [is] number 1 on the iTunes Top Horror Chart above fellow new debut Alien Abduction (#2) and Stage Fright (#17). That places Afflicted at #25 on the overall iTunes charts above every other new limited/VOD release including Alan Partridge (#69), Nymphomaniac I & II (#65 & #92).” Added CBS Films: “Obviously it will be sometime before we hear from the rest of our On Demand providers but we consider this to be a stellar start for one of the most acclaimed — 86% on Rotten Tomatoes — micro budget horror thrillers in years.”
Sony Classics added 19 runs for The Raid 2 in its second frame, grossing over $143K for a $5,507PTA. It opened in 7 locations last week, averaging over $25K. Sundance Selects expanded doc Finding Vivian Maier in 11 additional theaters in its second round, grossing $93,730 for a solid $6,695 PTA. It bowed with a $21,200 average in three theaters last week. Lionsgate/Pantelion’s Cesar Chavez, meanwhile, remained in 664 theaters. It grossed $975K for a $1,468 average (last week $4,518). Its two week cume is now over $4.61M.
Ten Furlong added 115 theaters for the third weekend of 50 To 1, holding decent numbers. It grossed $193,268 for a $1,453 PTA in 133 theaters. Its three-week cume is now over $356K. Samuel Goldwyn expanded doc Anita into Boston, DC, Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle in its third weekend, playing 9 runs, grossing an estimated $40K for a per screen average of $4,444. After 3 weeks of release the estimated cume stands at $130,030. SPC added 9 theaters for fellow doc Jodorowsky’s Dune, grossing $50,452 in 16 theaters ($3,153 average). It has cumed $163,787. And Millennium Entertainment added 17 runs for Rob The Mob in its third week, grossing a decent $52,052 for a $2,366 PTA. It has now cumed over $100K.
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to be a huge box office draw now in its fifth weekend. It grossed a huge $6.3M in 1,263 theaters (286 more than last week), averaging just under $5K. That places Budapest in the middle of the overall box office. Said Searchlight Sunday: “We are continuing to perform best in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Toronto (all of Canada for that matter) and Montreal. Art/Specialty theaters are doing incredibly well, as are many mainstream and suburban upscale multiplexes. We are surprised each weekend at how broad the response is for this terrific comedy with the stellar cast. We are now playing in theaters that may not have previously played a live action Wes Anderson film.” The company also noted that Anderson’s previous film, Moonrise Kingdom, had expanded to 984 theaters at its widest point. the company expects Budapest to reach somewhere between 1,350 and 1,400 theaters.
Dom Hemingway (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $32K, Average $8K, Cume $41,452 (Wed. Opening)
Frankie & Alice (Lionsgate/Codeblack) NEW [171 Theaters] Weekend $350K, Average $2,047
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (Zeitgeist Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $5,850
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [29 Theaters] Weekend $78K, Average $2,690
Under The Skin (A24) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $140K, Average $35K
The Unknown Known (RADiUS-TWC) NEW [18 Theaters] Weekend $64,892, Average $3,605
Watermark (Entertainment One) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $8,012, Average $4,006
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Breathe In (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [35 Theaters] Weekend $35,214, Average $1,006, Cume $59,611
Cesar Chavez (Lionsgate/Pantelion) Week 2 [664 Theaters] Weekend $975K, Average $1,468, Cume $4,611,095
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [14 Theaters] Weekend $93,730, Average $6,695, Cume $183,548
The Raid 2 (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [26 Theaters] Weekend $143,169, Average $5,507, Cume $364,007
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
50 To 1 (Ten Furlongs) Week 3 [133 Theaters] Weekend $193,268, Average $1,453, Cume $356,277
Anita (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 3 [9 Theaters] Weekend $40K, Average $4,444, Cume $130,030
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [62 Theaters] Weekend $105,300, Average $1,698
Jodorowsky’s Dune (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [16 Theaters] Weekend $50,452, Average $3,153, Cume $163,787
Rob The Mob (Millennium Entertainment) Week 3 [22 Theaters] Weekend $52,052, Average $2,366, Cume $100,285
Bad Words (Focus Features) Week 4 [1,074 Theaters] Weekend $1,624,000, Average $1,512, Cume $5,952,000
Enemy (A24) Week 4 [75 Theater] Weekend $57,893, Average $772, Cume $895,712
On My Way (Cohen Media Group) Week 4 [25 Theaters] Weekend $30,100, Average $1,204, Cume $218,523
Le Week-End (Music Box Films) Week 4 [103 Theaters] Weekend $301K, Average $2,922, Cume $852,018
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [1,263 Theaters] Weekend $6.3M, Average $4,988 Cume $33,380,427
Particle Fever (Abramorama/Bond 360) Week 5 [27 Theaters] Weekend $57,780, Average $2,103, Cume $534,088
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [103 Theaters] Weekend $342,001, Average $3,320, Cume $1,352,143
Tim’s Vermeer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [64 Theaters] Weekend $50,941, Average $796, Cume $1,524,129
August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company) Week 15 [ Theaters] Weekend $, Average $, Cume $
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 20 [197 Theaters] Weekend $87K, Average $442, Cume $37,470,788
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 23 [52 Theaters] Weekend $30K, Average $577, Cume $27,243,180
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 25 [128 Theaters] Weekend $67K, Average $523, Cume $56,502,067
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 43 [2 Theaters] Weekend $350, Average $175, Cume $4,940,979