Definitely not a weekend to remember, with newcomers and recent holdovers coming in mostly flat. Roman Polanski was the weekend’s star addition, though that wasn’t hard: Sundance Selects’ Venus In Fur grossed over $26K, averaging $13,100 per screen. The Cannes 2013 pic is kicking off a platform release, rolling out to the top 15 markets throughout July. Elsewhere in the specialty world, gastronomy die-hards can take some solace in Cohen Media Group’s Le Chef, which sliced off a morsel of attention in New York. The Berlinale 2012 comedy opened in one theater, grossing $10,894.
Sony Pictures Classics bowed Paul Haggis‘ Toronto feature Third Person in five locations. It grossed just over $42K, averaging $8,419. Haggis said at the pic’s NYC theatrical premiere at the Sunshine that the 2-hour-plus feature demands attention with its parallel stories set in three cities. He joked with the crowd to use the restroom before it began and to “watch carefully.” His previous film, The Next Three Days, was a completely different game back in November 2010 when it bowed stateside. The action-thriller opened in more than 2,500 theaters, grossing over $6.5 million and ranking No. 5 that week with a $2,552 PTA. It went on to gross $21.1M domestically. The weekend wasn’t that busy for the bigger releases either, as two Sony sequels topped the domestic box office at what’s looking like less than $30 million each, while indie-seeming Clint Eastwood-directed musical adaptation Jersey Boys hit a false note, opening in fourth.
Music Box uttered The Last Sentence in two locations. The World War II Swedish-set drama grossed $9K with exclusive runs in NYC and LA. It will head to major markets in the coming weeks. Oscilloscope fared slightly better with its Fantastic Fest hit Coherence. The unconventional feature opened with two runs, grossing $17K ($8,500 PTA) and also heads to major markets in the coming weeks. Also making debuts this weekend were Kino Lorber‘s Exhibition and Long Shot Factory’s Code Black; the former grossed $2K at Lincoln Center and the latter took in $6K at a single location.
A24 ventured The Rover into 599 theaters in its second frame. The Australian Outback crime drama starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy grossed $500K, averaging just $835. “Unfortunately we were unable to find a broader audience this weekend, but have no doubt that the film will gain fans as we continue to push it out in the weeks and months ahead,” A24 said today. It has cumed over $590K. In its third weekend, Obvious Child showed a bit of heft at the box office. A24 added 37 theaters for the title, grossing over $268K and a respectable $4,884 PTA. It has cumed over $602K. The distributor said it had no drop in its existing theaters within the top markets and will expand to the top 50 markets next weekend.
Radius-TWC added 28 locations for documentary Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon. It grossed $45,601 ($991 PTA) with a nearly $127K three-week cume. eOne added 20 theaters for The Grand Seduction in its fourth week. It held decently with a gross of more than $245K, averaging just under $2K and a cume of $1.68M.
Le Chef (Cohen Media Group) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10,894
Code Black (Long Shot Factory) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6K
Coherence (Oscilloscope) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $17K, Average $8,500
Exhibition (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $2K
The Last Sentence (Music Box Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $9K, Average $4,500
Third Person (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $42,046, Average $8,419
Venus In Fur (Sundance Selects) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $26,200, Average $13,100
Returning / 2nd Weekend
Burning Bush (Kino Lorber Films) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,500, Cume $7,400
A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $12K, Average $2,400, $19,442
The Rover (A24) Week 2 [599 Theaters] Weekend $500K, Average $835, Cume $590,453
The Signal (Focus Features) Week 2 [204 Theaters] Weekend $152K, Average $745, Cume $405,950
Holdovers / 3rd+ Weekends
Obvious Child (A24) Week 3 [55 Theaters] Weekend $268,620, Average $4,884, Cume $602,343
Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC) Week 3 [46 Theaters] Weekend $45,601, Average $991, Cume $126,908
The Grand Seduction (Entertainment One) Week 4 [124 Theaters] Weekend $245,372, Average $1,979, Cume $1,683,998
Korengal (Saboteur Media) Week 4 [4 Theaters] Weekend $8,100, Average $2,025, Cume $32,234
The Dance Of Reality (ABKCO Films) Week 5 [7 Theaters] Weekend $13,513, Average $1,930, Cume $189,530
Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [9 Theaters] Weekend $10,800, Average $1,200, Cume $105,890
Words And Pictures (Roadside Attractions) Week 5 [175 Theaters] Weekend $219,649, Average $1,255, Cume $1,482,519
Chinese Puzzle (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [11 Theaters] Weekend $10,818, Average $983, Cume $293,679
The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company) Week 6 [110 Theaters] Weekend $86K, Average $782, Cume $1,856,043
Chef (Open Road Films) Week 7 [961 Theaters] Weekend $1,845,000, Average $1,920, Cume $16,942,191
Fed Up (RADiUS-TWC) Week 7 [47 Theaters] Weekend $26,960, Average $573, Cume $1,400,062
Palo Alto (Tribeca Film) Week 7 [20 Theaters] Weekend $10,360, Average $518, Cume $731,821
Belle (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [244 Theaters] Weekend $330K, Average $1,352, Cume $9,209,480
Ida (Music Box Films) Week 8 [125 Theaters] Weekend $254K, Average $2,032, Cume $2,050,513
Blue Ruin (RADiUS-TWC) Week 9 [1 Theater] Weekend $540, Cume $258,103
Fading Gigolo (Millennium Entertainment) Week 10 [31 Theaters] Weekend $32,698, Average $1,054, Cume $3,669,990
The Railway Man (The Weinstein Company) Week 11 [84 Theaters] Weekend $31,500, Average $375, Cume $4,358,110
The Unknown Known (RADiUS-TWC) Week 12 [2 Theaters] Weekend $480, Average $240, Cume $275,658
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 16 [112 Theaters] Weekend $141K, Average $1,259, Cume $58,355,295