Fox Searchlight had another solid debut this weekend with its initial limited opening of Belle in four New York and L.A. theaters, while foreign-language feature Ida showed some traction in a trio of locations despite the Spider-Man 2 juggernaut. While certainly nowhere near the stratospheric numbers of its fellow Searchlight roll out The Grand Budapest Hotel earlier this year, British-set period drama Belle nevertheless managed a regal bow, grossing over $104K, giving the film a $26,123 theater average. Searchlight said the feature outgrossed Spidey at the Landmark in West LA and was the second highest grosser at the Arclight in Hollywood. In New York, it also had strong numbers at Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine theaters.
“We’re pretty happy with how it opened. It’s an interesting thing with a film that’s very sophisticated like this and you’re hoping to get the cinephile crowd out,” Searchlight’s EVP of Distribution Frank Rodriguez told me Sunday morning. “The secret of this film is to keep it in theaters and see if it can get some traction. We know we have a great art film and we know we’re going to do well with it. The real goal here is to see if it can go a little mainstream. To do that with Spider-Man and the like will be interesting. Perhaps it’s a bit of counter-programming, but if we had had a $15 – 25K [PTA this weekend] I would have been happy, so we’re at the high end of that. In this business anything can happen, but we’re going into the right theaters and targeting a sophisticated audience.”
Fox Searchlight will open Belle in ten more cities next weekend including Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, San Francisco and Boston as it lures the film’s natural art-house crowd while also tempting some cross-over. The company expects Belle to be in about 350 theaters by Memorial Day weekend and it will head into about 50 – 60 runs next weekend.
Polish-language post-war-set film Ida opened with three runs, showing some legs in the often tricky foreign-language arena. It grossed $50K, giving it a decent $16,667 PTA. Distributor Music Box Films touted Sunday that “among its 3 opening runs, Ida is on track be the top foreign language opening of 2014 and to equal or exceed the best foreign-language openings at Lincoln Plaza since May 2013. At the Royal in LA, through Saturday Ida is within $200 of Amour‘s opening holiday weekend numbers.” Beyond that one location, Amour, of course, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes and Best Foreign Language film. It grossed over $6.7M domestically. Music Box picked the film up in Toronto where it won the International Critics’ FIPRESCI prize and later it won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival. Ida will head to art houses in the top 50-75 markets within the next several weeks. Noted Music Box’s Ed Arentz this week: “We project box office will be somewhere between our previous releases Lore, about $1 million, and Monsieur Lazhar, about $2 million.”
Elizabeth Banks-starrer Walk Of Shame pretty much did just that, opening 51 theaters with little notice at least in theaters. It grossed just $38K for a $745 PTA. A Focus World spokesperson noted when reporting numbers Sunday: “The limited theatrical run was designed was part of an integrated and simultaneous release on VOD and PPV. The film started very strong on iTunes shooting up to #1 in 24 hours. Additional VOD/PPV stats are not available at this time but the film is doing notable business in this arena.” The high-concept comedy came to Focus as part of the integration of FilmDistrict at the beginning of 2014 and was equally co-financed by FilmDistrict and Lakeshore.
Spacey bowed doc NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage featuring Kevin Spacey. It grossed $21,538 averaging over $7K in three theaters, while fellow non-fiction roll out Documented by Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Raffaela Lupo bowed at one location, grossing $6,100. Its NYC opening kicks off a two month national tour of the film, which will bring it and Vargas to Los Angeles and Phoenix next weekend followed by stops in San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, Seattle, Miami, Chicago and Denver before airing on CNN later this year. Film Movement, meanwhile opened For A Woman in two NYC theaters, grossing $5,950 ($2,975 PTA). It will add two more runs next week. And eOne opened Decoding Annie Parker in 13 locations, grossing $14,668 for a slight $1,128 theater average.
Last weekend’s number one opener Locke from A24 had a 21 theater expansion in its second frame, holding decently. The film grossed just over $140K from 25 runs, averaging $5,604. The title bowed in 4 theaters last week, grossing over $89K for a $22,302 PTA. RADiUS-TWC expanded its acclaimed Cannes ’13 feature Blue Ruin into 53 additional theaters in its second weekend even while it is available via digital/VOD. It grossed $73,321 for a $1,222 PTA, which could mean that it is holding decently given its on-demand availability. Those numbers, of course, are not available. For No Good Reason had four additional runs in its second round, though it had tepid results. The title grossed $6,263 for a PTA just over $1K. Sundance Selects’ French-language film Young & Beautiful, meanwhile, remained in a single location, grossing $3,300.
Millennium Films added 73 theaters for the third weekend of Fading Gigolo which opened with the year’s second highest PTA among specialties last month. The film directed by John Turturro and co-starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone grossed over $507K from 110 runs, averaging $4,615. Last week it averaged $8,719 from 37 locations.
In its 5th weekend, Sundance Selects’ doc Finding Vivian Maier had 22 additional runs this weekend. The feature continued showing momentum, grossing $144K ($1,800 PTA). It has cumed over $915K and will pass the $1M mark within the next week. A24’s Enemy crawled passed the $1M threshold, grossing $4,336 in 8 theaters, averaging $542 in its eighth week. Music Box’s Le Week-end, meanwhile passed the $2M also in its eighth week in U.S. release. The film grossed $100K in 90 locations, averaging $1,111.
2014’s Specialty Box Office star The Grand Budapest Hotel continues to hold ground, even as it begins to shed theaters. The title re-entered the top 10 as of early Sunday afternoon EDT. The film grossed $1.735M in 884 theaters (137 runs less than the week prior), averaging $1,963. Last weekend, the Wes Anderson film grossed over $2.47M, averaging $2,424. The title easily passed the $50M mark last week, settling at over $51.5M Sunday. “We’ve passed Moonrise Kingdom [in domestic gross] and will probably pass The Royal Tenenbaums in the next week-and-a-half. It was our goal to make this the highest grossing Wes Anderson film,” said Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez. “Worldwide we’ve done very well in Asia, Latin America etc. and we’re ecstatic about it. It was a really good time to release the film. We had contemplated whether it would be good to go out in March, but I think we did well.” 2001 release The Royal Tenenbaums (Buena Vista) grossed over $52.36M in the U.S., while 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom (Focus) took in over $45.5M domestically.
Belle (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $104,493, Average $26,123
Decoding Annie Parker (Entertainment One) NEW [13 Theaters] Weekend $14,668, Average $1,128
Documented (Define American) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,100
For A Woman (Film Movement) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $5,950, Average $2,975
Ida (Music Box Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $50K, Average $16,667
NOW: In The Wings On The World Stage (Spacey) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $21,538, Average $7,077, Cume $37,154 (includes 4/29 one-night events)
Walk Of Shame (Focus World) NEW [51 Theaters] Weekend $38K, Average $745
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Blue Ruin (RADiUS-TWC) Week 2 [60 Theaters] Weekend $73,321, Average $1,222, Cume $121,179
For No Good Reason (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $6,263, Average $1,044, Cume $13,229
Locke (A24) Week 2 [25 Theaters] Weekend $140,089, Average $5,604, Cume $252,874
Young & Beautiful (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $3,300, Cume $12,569
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Fading Gigolo (Millennium Entertainment) Week 3 [110 Theaters] Weekend $507,637, Average $4,615, Cume $1,149,712
That Demon Within (China Lion Films) Week 3 [5 Theaters] Weekend $6,500, Average $1,300, Cume $160K
Dancing In Jaffa (Sundance Selects) Week 4 [19 Theaters] Weekend $24,700, Average $1,300, Cume $100,275
Joe (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 4 [39 Theaters] Weekend $29,500, Average $756, Cume $344,454
Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [67 Theaters] Weekend $242,376, Average $3,618, Cume $836,417
The Railway Man (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [164 Theaters] Weekend $508K, Average $3,098, Cume $1,634,798
Under The Skin (A24) Week 5 [125 Theaters] Weekend $173,206, Average $1,386, Cume $1,844,213
The Unknown Known (RADiUS-TWC) Week 5 [15 Theaters] Weekend $1,988, Average $132, Cume $262,476
Cesar Chavez (Lionsgate/Pantelion) Week 6 [97 Theaters] Weekend $32K, Average $330, Cume $5,540,782
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects) Week 6 [80 Theaters] Weekend $144K, Average $1,800, Cume $915,263
The Raid 2 (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [38 Theaters] Weekend $30,597, Average $805, Cume $2,554,078
Jodorowsky’s Dune (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [61 Theaters] Weekend $45,923, Average $753, Cume $460,634
Rob The Mob (Millennium Entertainment) Week 7 [8 Theaters] Weekend $6,926, Average $866, Cume $190,806
Bad Words (Focus Features) Week 8 [40 Theaters] Weekend $20K, Average $500, Cume $7,720,865
Enemy (A24) Week 8 [8 Theaters] Weekend $4,336, Average $542, Cume $1,002,829
On My Way (Cohen Media Group) Week 8 [9 Theaters] Weekend $10,095, Average $1,122, Cume $295,108
Le Week-End (Music Box Films) Week 8 [90 Theaters] Weekend $100K, Average $1,111, Cume $2,006,593
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 9 [884 Theaters] Weekend $1,735,000, Average $1,963, Cume $51,506,432
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [149 Theaters] Weekend $282,100, Average $1,893, Cume $3,100,706
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 47 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,756, Average $878, Cume $4,944,889