UPDATED WITH MONDAY RESULTS: The Dance Of Reality glided into a pair of theaters Memorial weekend and has managed to slice out a decent crowd even as the masses headed to X-Men. The ABKCO release is holding OK in a holiday weekend in which the studios hold the reins. Other openers are faring so-so. Directed by Chile-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Dance Of Reality has grossed nearly $25K through Sunday for a $12,485 PTA. The drama-fantasy was an NYT “Critic Pick,” opening at The Sunshine in New York and the Nuart in Los Angeles. ABKCO released Jodorowsky’s El Topo (2006, $80,302 cume) and Holy Mountain (2007, $61K cume) and is on track to top his previous theatrical numbers.
“We’re very excited for Alejandro and the reaction to the film,” said Michael Gochanour, Abkco’s Senior Director of Film. “The reviews have been very positive. “We’re very proud and honored to present the film.” The distributor picked up rights to the feature ahead of last year’s Cannes Film Festival and tapped audiences with special presentations at MoMA and elsewhere. “People in their 20s and ‘Williamsburg kids’ identify with his voice,” added Gochanour Sunday. “We focused our attention to reaching them. Reality played this year’s SXSW and will expand to other major markets in the coming weeks including Boston, Chicago and Seattle.
IFC Films bowed two films Friday, including doc Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia as well as Jim Mickle’s ’80s-set thriller Cold In July. The latter opened in a half-dozen locations, grossing $40,800 ($6,800 PTA) while Gore Vidal had a slightly higher $7K average in just two theaters. “IFC Films didn’t get involved until the beginning if this year, but once they did, they pushed to [release] it early. It has a theatrical release which is what I always wanted,” Gore Vidal director Nicholas Wrathall told me this week. Both will add theaters in the coming weeks. Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors also opened this weekend in a single location. The film grossed $7K. It will expand the film nationally in addition to a digital roll out later this summer.
TWC’s The Immigrant had a fairly big expansion in its second frame, adding 144 theaters going into the holiday weekend. The Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix starrer grossed $463K for a decent $3,150 PTA. The Cannes ’13 feature by James Gray opened with a $45,430 gross, averaging $15,143 last week. Also in its second weekend, Chinese Puzzle added locations with decent results. The feature grossed nearly $45K from 10 runs (up from its initial 2 theaters), averaging $4,491.
Roadside Attractions opened Fred Schepisi’s Words And Pictures in 10 locations with tepid response. The film grossed $91,440 for a $9,144 PTA. Roadside is targeting a mature audience and opened in theaters frequented by that crowd including the Paris in New York. “This is a traditional window,” said Roadside’s Howard Cohen this week. “We’re hoping to go to a couple of hundred theaters in a couple of weeks.”
The Specialty Box Office boasted some more lucrative results on Memorial Day weekend last year. Sony Classics bowed Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight in 5 theaters, grossing nearly $322K for a $64,383 PTA. The feature went on to cume more than $8.1 million in the U.S. Linklater’s latest, the festival-praised Boyhood will hit theaters in July via IFC Films. SPC also opened Fill The Void in a trio of locations over the 2013 holiday weekend, grossing over over $79K for a $26,388 PTA. It went on to cume over $1.77M domestically.
Chef opened three weeks ago but expanded by 426 locations over the 4-day weekend. The Jon Favreau-directed film in which he also stars continued to hold solid numbers, grossing more than $2.9 million Friday to Monday, averaging $5,851, bringing its cume to over $4.2 million. Last week, the SXSW opener averaged $10,194 from a $734K gross in 72 runs. Fox Searchlight also jumped the reach of its period drama Belle. The title played an additional 280 locations compared with the previous week, grossing a 4-day $2.12 million, averaging $4,669. Its one-month cume is now $4,3 million. Last weekend it grossed $960K ($5,549 average) from 173 theaters. Likewise TWC added 417 theaters for The Railway Man. The feature grossed $702K ($1,170 PTA) for a cume that tops $3.59 million.
The year’s specialty superstar The Grand Budapest Hotel shed 270 theaters, grossing $840K averaging $2,333 through Monday. The feature’s cume is now $56.7 million.
Cold In July (IFC Films) NEW [6 Theaters] $52,200, Average $8,700 (4-day)
The Dance Of Reality (ABKCO Films) [2 Theaters] Weekend $24,970, Average $12,485
Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $17,600, Average $8,800 (4-day)
Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (Oscilloscope) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7K
Words And Pictures (Roadside Attractions) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $91,440, Average $9,144
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Chinese Puzzle (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $48,371, Average $4,837, Cume $84,908 (4-day)
The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [147 Theaters] Weekend $558K, Average $3,796, Cume $623,340 (4-day)
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Chef (Open Road Films) Week 3 [498 Theaters] Weekend $2,914,000, Average $5,851, Cume: $4,202,300 (4-day)
Fed Up (RADiUS-TWC) Weekend $244,123, Average $2,393, Cume $771,581 (4-day)
Palo Alto (Tribeca Film) Week 3 [42 Theaters] Weekend $97,985, Average $2,333, Cume $360,708
Belle (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [453 Theaters] Weekend $2,115,000, Average $4,669, Cume $4,314,760 (4-day)
Ida (Music Box Films) Week 4 [34 Theaters] Weekend $230,275, Average $6,773, Cume $637,919 (4-day)
Blue Ruin (RADiUS-TWC) Week 5 [5 Theaters] Weekend $1,230, Average $308, Cume $247,015 (4-day)
Fading Gigolo (Millennium Entertainment) Week 6 [186 Theaters] Weekend $331,024, Average $1,780, Cume $3,170,717 (4-day)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [70 Theaters] Weekend $103,879, Average $1,485 Cume $1,472,205 (4-day)
The Railway Man (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [70 Theaters] Weekend $103,879, Average $1,485 Cume $1,472,205 (4-day)
The Unknown Known (RADiUS-TWC) Week 8 [5 Theaters] Weekend $1,038, Average $207, Cume $268,805
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects) Week 8 [33 Theaters] Weekend $33K, Average $1K, Cume $1,314,457
Le Week-End (Music Box Films) Week 11 [18 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $556, Cume $2,183,501
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 12 Error:  shortcode requires URL to be set Weekend $840K, Average $2,333, Cume $56,772,446 (4-day)
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [68 Theaters] Weekend $121,415, Average $1,786, Cume $3,884,646 (4-day)
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 50 [2 Theaters] Weekend $419, Average $210, Cume $4,495,691 (4-day)