Specialties generally had a blasé weekend with newcomers mostly flat at best. A24 has had a streak of chart-topping opening weekends of late with last week’s Obvious Child and, earlier in the spring, Under The Skin. The company continued its roll this weekend with The Rover, though with more modest results. The crime drama set in the Australian Outback starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy was nevertheless the weekend’s PTA-topper, grossing $70K in five New York and L.A. theaters, averaging a strong $14K per theater. A24 noted Sunday that the film “received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson’s breakthrough performance, and his fans responded, as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women.” The Rover, directed by David Michôd, will expand nationwide next weekend.
In other openers, IFC Films bowed its Sundance drama Hellion in an exclusive run at IFC Center in New York, grossing $9,000. It has measured momentum as it heads to Los Angeles next weekend and the top ten markets throughout the rest of June. Also bowing with tepid results is Focus Features‘ The Signal though the title was by far the biggest roll out among the limited-release newbies. The feature grossed $146K in 120 theaters for a $1,217 PTA. Focus noted Sunday that it “acquired the film for a very low cost,” and it will expand the title into additional markets next weekend.
Samuel Goldwyn and Participant brought out higher-education doc Ivory Tower in a pair of theaters, grossing just over $17K for an $8,507 PTA. The companies said the feature had sell-out showings with Q&As with director Andrew Rossi and others spotlighted in the film. Ivory Tower questions the value of college in the U.S., given the increasing debt load of students. The film will head to Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco next weekend with further markets added through July. Music Box opened German feature A Coffee In Berlin in a single showing, grossing $4,100 and Kino Lorber opened Burning Bush exclusively at New York’s Film Forum, taking in $3,200. It is notable that Bush – a drama based on a play about the 1968 Prague Spring, directed by Agnieszka Holland and produced by HBO Europe – is a nearly four-hour epic. That means there were only two showings daily. The Telluride and Toronto feature will add major markets stateside throughout the summer.
A24 added 15 theaters and six new markets for Obvious Child in its second frame. The feature, which topped last weekend’s Specialty newcomers, held solidly, grossing over $145K for an $8K-plus average. The film will continue to add theaters next week. In its second weekend, RADiUS doc Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon also added 15 runs. It grossed a comparatively slower $32K, averaging $1,789. Numbers for the second weekend of 2 Autumns, 3 Winters; Citizen Koch; Holiday and Ping Pong Summer were not given Sunday.
Roadside Attractions added 119 runs for Words And Pictures in the 4th weekend and showing some gusto. The title passed the $1M cume threshold, grossing just over $399K in 217 theaters, averaging $1,839. Last weekend it averaged $3K in 98 theaters. Open Road’s box office performer Chef shed 196 theaters in the SXSW Film Festival opener’s 6th weekend, but maintained audience appetite. It grossed over $2.275M in its 6th weekend, averaging over $2K in 1,102 theaters. Last weekend it averaged $2K in 1,298 theaters. It has now cumed over $14M.
Burning Bush (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,200, Cume $4,430 (midweek opening)
A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4,100
Hellion (IFC Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9K
Ivory Tower (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Participant Media) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $17,013, Average $8,507
The Rover (A24) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $70K, Average $14K
The Signal (Focus Features) NEW [120 Theaters] Weekend $146K, Average $1,217
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Obvious Child (A24) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $145,458, Average $8,081, Cume $263,023
Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $32,211, Average $1,789, Cume $63,705
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
The Grand Seduction (Entertainment One) Week 3 [104 Theaters] Weekend $275,517, Average $2,649, Cume $1,283,867
Korengal (Saboteur Media) Week 3 [1 Theater] Weekend $4,515, Cume $23,072
The Dance Of Reality (ABKCO Films) Week 4 [9 Theaters] Weekend $11,285, Average $1,254, Cume $165,942
Words And Pictures (Roadside Attractions) Week 4 [217 Theaters] Weekend $399,050, Average $1,839, Cume $1,070,338
Chinese Puzzle (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [21 Theaters] Weekend $24,716, Average $1,177, Cume $272,940
The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company) Week 5 [140 Theaters] Weekend $166K, Average $1,186, Cume $1,700,354
Chef (Open Road Films) Week 6 [1,102 Theaters] Weekend $2,275,500, Average $2,065, Cume $14,075,953
Fed Up (RADiUS-TWC) Week 6 [56 Theaters] Weekend $40,316, Average $720, Cume $1,325,621
Palo Alto (Tribeca Film) Week 6 [53 Theaters] Weekend $35,080, Average $662, Cume $692,139
Belle (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [339 Theaters] Weekend $510K, Average $1,504, Cume $8,569,342
Ida (Music Box Films) Week 7 [104 Theaters] Weekend $252,488, Average $2,428, Cume $1,663,892
Blue Ruin (RADiUS-TWC) Week 8 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,245, Average $622, Cume $257,138
Fading Gigolo (Millennium Entertainment) Week 9 [48 Theaters] Weekend $51,094, Average $1,064, Cume $3,613,942
Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [27 Theaters] Weekend $26,721, Average $990, Cume $1,667,529
The Railway Man (The Weinstein Company) Week 10 [50 Theaters] Weekend $28,500, Average $570, Cume $4,310,186
The Unknown Known (RADiUS-TWC) Week 11 [3 Theaters] Weekend $670, Average $223, Cume $273,708
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 15 [149 Theaters] Weekend $190K, Average $1,275, Cume $58,103,347
The Lunchbox (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 16 [26 Theaters] Weekend $33,137, Average $1,275, Cume $4,097,178
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 53 [1 Theater] Weekend $90, Cume $4,946,250