Boyhood continued to muscle into the Specialty Box Office in its second frame amid an expansion, even while the weekend’s newcomers showed mixed numbers. Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here and Mike Cahill‘s I Origins, second films from both writer/directors, bowed with averages in the low $7K range. IFC FilmsBoyhood opened last week with the year’s second highest PTA among limited-release titles and only compounded its star status in expansion. The Richard Linklater-directed feature added 29 locations, grossing nearly $1.2 million in 34 theaters, a stellar $35,230 per-screen average and a $1,848,050 two-week cume.

Boyhood’s mid- to long-term momentum appears assured with a 99-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and what IFC Films says is “word of mouth… through the roof, as reflected by eye-popping exit polls this weekend and minimal drop at last weekend’s opening theaters.” IFC, which financed the film throughout its 12-year gestation, said the title played solidly across all demographics, with top scores from teens and from “those in their 60s and beyond.” Boyhood will expand to the top 25 markets next weekend and will continue to widen in coming weeks.

Wish I was here movie posterZach Braff’s second feature Wish I Was Here landed in 68 theaters in its initial run via Focus Features, grossing $495K. The film starring Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon and Kate Hudson first drew attention when Braff used Kickstarter, raising more than $3 million from 47,000 donors and bowed at Sundance in January. Its first weekend PTA came in at a tepid $7,279, though its initial roll out included a somewhat sizable number of runs. “[Wish I Was Here] is looking forward to expanding next week with a larger footprint in North America, which will give a better sense as to the film’s playability,” noted Focus Sunday. The distributor noted that the film’s audience was 60% female vs 40% male with “excellent ratings above the norm.”

For comparison, Braff’s directorial debut Garden State opened in 2004 via Searchlight in 9 theaters in July of that year, grossing over $201K for a $22,346 per-theater average. The title went on to cume nearly $26.78 million domestically. Current plans for the film are to expand to about 600 theaters in the US and Canada in more than 110 markets.

Fox Searchlight opened sci-fi drama I Origins by Mike Cahill (also a second-time narrative feature directorial effort), though the film platformed at 4 locations in NYC and L.A. The film starring Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Brit Marling grossed $28,719 for a $7,180 PTA. Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez said Sunday when reporting numbers: “We are hopeful that this original and unique film will reach a wider  audience as we start to roll it out over the next few weeks. The Q&As have been brisk and engaging, and there is a lot of activity in the realm of social media.” Like Braff’s first two projects, I Origins sits in the shadow of Cahill’s celebrated debut, Another Earth, also a Searchlight release, which opened in 4 theaters in July 2011, grossing nearly $78K for a $19,435 PTA. It went on to cume over $1.32M domestically. Next week, the distributor will add 18 markets and will expand in New York and Los Angeles bringing its theater count to between 60 and 70 locations.

Alive Inside documentary film posterMillennium Films opened action mystery Persecuted in 736 theaters, placing it on the edge of a full-on wide release. The feature grossed just over $959K, averaging $1,303. In other Specialty weekend openers, Rocky Mountain Pictures actually had the weekend’s highest PTA among the newcomers, with There’s No Place Like Utopia. The anti-left doc was directed by Joel Gilbert, who travels across America to “confront progressives and expos(e) their fantasy of Utopia,” grossed $27,830 in a single location.

Music Box Films’ multi-language A Five Star Life also bowed in one theater in New York, grossing $16,500. It will open in L.A. August 1 with further expansion to Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and the rest of the top 20 markets next month. Drafthouse Films opened French director Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo in a pair of locations, grossing $25,121, averaging $12,561. Next week, the title will expand into 3 markets with another dozen or more added by August 1. And Bond/360 opened the doc Alive Inside at a single location, grossing $7,150. The Sundance Documentary Audience Award winner will next open in Washington and Toronto on July 25, before opening Los Angeles, Boston and Philadelphia Aug. 1 and will then expand to the top 25 markets throughout that month.

SPC added three theaters for Land Ho! in its second weekend. the film grossed just over $36K in 7 theaters, averaging $5,153. It opened with a $9,453 PTA in four theaters last weekend.

americaLionsgate’s doc America: Imagine The World Without Her shed 75 locations and screen average in its 4th weekend, but the title by the filmmakers behind 2012’s anti-Obama doc 2016: Obama’s America nevertheless continues to be a non-fiction box-office powerhouse. It grossed $1.725M, averaging $1,675 in its 4th weekend, bringing its cume to $11,468,696. It also ranked 12th in the overall box office.

The Weinstein Company‘s 4th-week holdover Begin Again from writer/director John Carney placed one notch higher than America, landing 11th in the overall weekend box office with a $2.762M gross from 1,302 theaters, adding 363 runs from the previous weekend. It averaged a healthy $2,121 and has cumed nearly $9.5M. It will easily pass the 8-figure threshold this week.

NEW

Alive Inside (Bond/360) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,150

A Five Star Life (Music Box Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $16,500

I Origins (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $28,719, Average $7,180

Mood Indigo (Drafthouse Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $25,121, Average $12,561

Persecuted (Millennium Films) NEW [736 Theaters] Weekend $959,266, Average $1,303

There’s No Place Like Utopia (Rocky Mountain Pictures) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $27,830

Wish I Was Here (Focus Features) NEW [68 Theaters] Weekend $495K, Average $7,279

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND 

Boyhood (IFC Films) Week 2 [34 Theaters] Weekend $1,197,820, Average $35,230, Cume $1,848,050

Land Ho! (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $36,075, Average $5,153, Cume $85,890

HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS

America (Lionsgate) Week 4 [1,030 Theaters] Weekend $1,725,000, Average $1,675, Cume $11,468,696

Begin Again (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [1,302 Theaters] Weekend $2,762,000, Average $2,121, Cume $9,487,666

The Breakup Guru (China Lion) Week 4 [3 Theaters] Weekend $8K, Average $2,667, Cume $201,641

Snowpiercer (RADiUS-TWC) Week 4 [211 Theaters] Weekend $456,484, Average $2,163, Cume $3,457,907

Yves Saint Laurent (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [11 Theaters] Weekend $24,361, Average $2,215, Cume $209,107

Le Chef (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [15 Theaters] Weekend $32,526, Average $2,168, Cume $220,476

Code Black (Long Shot Factory) Week 5 [7 Theaters] Weekend $11,592, Average $1,656, Cume $98,567

Coherence (Oscilloscope) Week 5 [7 Theaters] Weekend $7,500, Average $1,071, Cume $67,565

Third Person (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [154 Theaters] Weekend $126,256, Average $819, Cume $800,390

Obvious Child (A24) Week 7 [96 Theaters] Weekend $139,888, Average $1,457, Cume $2,602,777

Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC) Week 7 [10 Theaters] Weekend $3,323, Average $332, Cume $206,255

Words And Pictures (Roadside Attractions) Week 8 [33 Theaters] Weekend $45,700, Average $1,385, Cume $2,062,780

Chef (Open Road Films) Week 11 [552 Theaters] Weekend $1,129,332, Average $2,046, Cume $25,941,017

Fed Up (RADiUS-TWC) Week 11 [12 Theaters] Weekend $4,715, Average $393, Cume $1,514,642

Belle (Fox Searchlight) Week 12 [92 Theaters] Weekend $114K, Average $1,239, Cume $10,451,684

Ida (Music Box Films) Week 12 [75 Theaters] Weekend $118K, Average $1,573, Cume $3,334,064