Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera – both Kino Lorber releases – bowed with solid numbers.
A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing $26K, for a $13K average.
Kino Lorber also opened Monk With A Camera, Guido Santi and Tina Mascara’s documentary, with an exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in an 85-seat theater that had sell-out showings. The film grossed $10K Friday to Sunday.
“We’ve been waiting for this dual break all year,” said Kino Lorber president Richard Lorber Sunday. “Both a girl and monk connect with core audiences for our … releasing labels. And they both show strong potential to expand beyond their respective bases. It’s very gratifying to connect with passionate film lovers who will still get out to the theater for a unique cinematic experience and to connect with a like-minded community.”
Kino Lorber will add runs in NYC and L.A. for A Girl and add locations in San Francisco, Seattle and others in the coming weeks. Monk With A Camera will continue its exclusive one-week run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, then open in Los Angeles Dec. 12 with a national expansion planned for 2015.
Other openers were comparatively timid. Truth Aid opened Little White Lie at a single location for a so-so $4,573 weekend gross. Music Box Films opened documentary Happy Valley, about the Penn State child-molestation scandal, in several theaters, bringing in $9,500 ($2,375 PTA).
Oscilloscope, meanwhile, opened music documentary PULP, about the iconic British 1990s band, for one night on Nov. 19 with just a single show at most of its 36 theaters. The film brought in $22K ($611 PTA).
Sony Classics’ Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller added 18 runs for the feature’s second weekend, against wrestling good numbers from the box office. The film grossed more than $474K in 24 theaters, averaging a sizzling $19,764. The film stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum and opened strongly last week, grossing over $288K in six theaters. For comparison, Miller’s acclaimed Capote (also an SPC release) also played 24 locations in October 2005, averaging $16,488 in its second week. His 2011 release by big Sony, Moneyball, played nearly 3,000 theaters in its second weekend, averaging just over $4K.
Open Road’s Jon Stewart-directed Rosewater held steady in 371 theaters, the same number as its opening weekend. The film starring Gael García Bernal grossed more than $577K, averaging $1,557. Its cume has now topped $2 million.
Faith-based holiday film Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas from Samuel Goldwyn is closing in on $2 million, after it grossed more than $643K in 390 theaters (20 less than its bow), averaging $1,650.
Roadside and Saban Films’ added 31 locations for The Homesman‘s second frame. The title, is directed by and stars Tommy Lee Jones with Hilary Swank grossed just over $140K, giving it a $4K PTA. It has now cumed just over $202K. Controversy-baiting comedy Dear White People, which debuted at Sundance, has now crossed $4 million for Roadside Attractions. It grossed $100,540 in its sixth weekend in 68 theaters, averaging $1,463.
Focus Features’ biopic The Theory Of Everything expanded to 140 theaters in its third weekend, grossing a cool $1.5 million for a still solid $10,714 theater average. Focus said Sunday that almost a third of its theaters had “higher grosses than last weekend.” Of the theaters debuting this week, “several had increases on Saturday over Friday of more than 100 percent, with a few up by more than 200 percent,” Focus said.
As of Sunday morning, Theory placed 10th in the overall box office. Focus will expand The Theory Of Everything into most North American markets, reaching more than 700 theaters, on Nov. 26 in time for the long U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.
Fox Searchlight’s Birdman continues its ascent in its sixth frame. The feature by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton added five locations from the previous week grossing over $1.85 million, averaging $2,152 in 862 theaters, placing it ninth in the overall box office Sunday morning. The feature averaged $2,859 last weekend from 857 runs. Its cumulative total is now an impressive $14.4 million.
“The film continues to exhibit great holding power as well as showing the ability to open in smaller regional markets with good results,” Searchlight said in a release. “We are very happy with the way the film has performed week to week as exemplified by the increase in screens in its sixth week. The picture also continues to play well in Art/Specialty houses as well as reaching a broader audience in the commercial upscale multiplexes.”
Happy Valley (Music Box Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $9,500, Average $2,375
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $26K, Average $13K
Little White Lie (Truth Aid) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4,573
Monk With A Camera (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10K
PULP (Oscilloscope) NEW [36 Theaters] Weekend $22K, Average $611
Death Metal Angola (The Vladar Company) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $2,174, Cume $3,098
Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [24 Theaters] Weekend $474,339, Average $19,764, $822,036
The Homesman (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 2 [35 Theaters] Weekend $140,035, Average $4,001, Cume $202,150
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 2 [390 Theaters] Weekend $643,500, Average $1,650, Cume $1,904,487
Rosewater (Open Road) Week 2 [371 Theaters] Weekend $577,571, Average $1,557, Cume $2,076,466
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
National Gallery (Zipporah Films) Week 3 [7 Theaters] Weekend $18,391, Average $2,627, Cume $67,028
The Theory Of Everything (Focus Features) Week 3 [140 Theaters] Weekend $1.5M, Average $10,714, Cume $2,796,177
Goodbye To Language 3D (Kino Lorber) Week 4 [3 Theaters] Weekend $9K, Average $3K, Cume $136,534
Point And Shoot (The Orchard) Week 4 [3 Theaters] Weekend $4,497, Average $1,499, Cume $20,880
Citizenfour (RADiUS) Week 5 [86 Theaters] Weekend $183,592, Average $2,135, Cume $1,221,133
Low Down (Oscilloscope) Week 5 [6 Theaters] Weekend $4,058, Average $676, Cume $44,510
Birdman (Fox Searchlight) Week 6 [862 Theaters] Weekend $1,855,000, Average $2,152, Cume $14,407,107
Dear White People (Roadside Attractions) Week 6 [68 Theaters] Weekend $100,540, Average $1,463, Cume $4,066,849
Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (Counterpoint) Week 7 [14 Theaters] Weekend $27,818, Average $1,987, Cume $633,855
Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [331 Theaters] Weekend $530,465, Average $1,603, Cume $3,226,527
Keep On Keepin’ On (RADiUS) Week 9 [8 Theaters] Weekend $6,165, Average $771, Cume $146,332; VOD cume: $1,328,330 (as of Nov. 19)
Art And Craft (Oscilloscope) Week 10 [8 Theaters] Weekend $5,505, Average $688, Cume $215,318
My Old Lady (Cohen Media Group) Week 11 [26 Theaters] Weekend $21,602, Average $831, Cume $3,867,346
Boyhood (IFC Films) Week 20 [12 Theaters] Weekend $14,640, Average $1,220, Cume $23,973,425