Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young kept the specialty box-office crown for a second weekend as it expanded into more than two dozen additional theaters. Most of the big crop of specialty films debuting this weekend opened flat, with the exception of Woman in Gold, which netted a decent $2 million from 258 theaters.
While We’re Young had the year’s highest opening on a per-theater average last weekend, and is showing it’s no one-trick pony. The A24 opener expanded to 30 new theaters and held the spotlight among its limited-release brethren, easily beating several new releases when it comes to averages. The film grossed nearly $493K in 34 theaters, averaging $14,499. Last weekend, the dramedy that Baumbach joked was his “most accessible” also became his biggest PTA opener, grossing over $242K, averaging $60,538.
The film “ranked near or at the top of every complex it played, and has the highest per screen average of any film without the words Fast and Furious in the title,” A24 said in reporting its numbers. “The film played well in art-houses and commercial complexes, landing in the top 15 on only 34 screens.”
A24 will take While We’re Young nationwide through April.
Helen Mirren – already playing Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway in The Audience – hit the big screen over the weekend with Woman In Gold, also starring Ryan Reynolds. After an initial Wednesday opening, the TWC release finished the weekend in 258 theaters, grossing just north of $2M, averaging $7,767. That was good enough to land the film at No. 7 in the overall box office in a weekend completely dominated by Furious 7.
“It’s at the high end of what we were hoping to come in at,” said TWC’s president of Theatrical Distribution Erik Lomis. “The exit polls are spectacular [and] in line with (Oscar winners) The King’s Speech and The Artist. Among the over-35 crowd, 96% [rated it] in the top two with an 88% ‘definite recommend. The 50-plus crowd rated it A-plus [as did] females. And males gave it an ‘A.'”
Lomis said TWC will likely expand the film “more rapidly” than initially planned, going to between 800 to 1,000 theaters.
IFC Films’ romantic drama 5 To 7, starring Anton Yelchin, led the pack of new specialty titles in per-theater averages over the weekend. The feature, which also stars Bérénice Marlohe, bowed in two NYC and LA theaters, and grossed $19,600 for a $9,800 average. IFC Films will continue to expand the title throughout April.
In other openers, Sony Classics debuted The Who documentary Lambert & Stamp in three theaters, grossing $4,496. The film should be able to capitalize on this year’s Who concerts, with playdates scheduled to mirror the band’s tour.
RiverRain/Ripple Effect’s David And Goliath opened in 31 theaters. The title grossed more than $161K, averaging $5,203. China Lion’s Let’s Get Married was the weekend’s second biggest Specialty bow in terms of theaters. It grossed $180K in 39 theaters, averaging $4,615.
And after a long legal squabble, Effie Gray finally had its debut. The film about a forbidden Victorian-era romance from a script by Emma Thompson had a blip of a debut. In 201 theaters, the film grossed $150K, averaging $746. It bowed in the UK last fall, grossing about $550K.
On the stronger side of the box office, teen horror film It Follows expanded again, adding 437 theaters in its fourth weekend. The RADiUS title with no big-name stars and a second-time director is being scrutinized by a host of entities that otherwise would never have noticed the title, but it is out there and making money, so good for them. It grossed $2.465M, averaging $1,489. It has cumed more than $8.54M.
5 To 7 (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $19,600, Average $9,800
David And Goliath: (RiverRain/Ripple Effect) NEW [31 Theaters] Weekend $161,301, Average $5,203
Effie Gray (Adopt Films) NEW [200 Theaters] Weekend 150K, Average $746
Lambert & Stamp (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $13,487, Average $4,496
Let’s Get Married (China Lion) NEW [39 Theaters] Weekend $180K, Average $4,615
Woman In Gold (The Weinstein Company) NEW [258 Theaters] Weekend $2,004,000, Average $7,767
The Salt Of The Earth (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $65,297, Average $3,628, Cume $137,496
While We’re Young (A24) Week 2 [34 Theaters] Weekend $492,976, Average $14,499, Cume $791,450
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Danny Collins (Bleecker Street) Week 3 [83 Theaters] Weekend $323,746, Average $3,996, Cume $954,203
La Sapienza (Kino Lorber Films) Week 3 [6 Theater] Weekend $16K, Average $2,667, Cume $68,330
Lost And Love (Shi Gu) (China Lion) Week 3 [5 Theaters] Weekend $5,300, Average $1,060, Cume $179,250
3 Hearts (Cohen Media Group) Week 4 [22 Theaters] Weekend $14,004, Average $636, Cume $158,862
Can’t Stand Losing You (Cinema Libre) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $6,800, Average $1,700, Cume $13,929
It Follows (RADiUS) Week 4 [1,655 Theaters] Weekend $2,465,000, Average $1,489, Cume $8,541,000
Seymour: An Introduction (IFC Films) Week 4 [49 Theaters] Weekend $73,500, Average $1,500, Cume $310,340
Merchants Of Doubt (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [30 Theaters] Weekend $20,156, Average $672, Cume $192,362
’71 (Roadside Attractions/Black Label Media) Week 6 [95 Theaters] Weekend $84,400, Average $888, Cume $1,144,529
Deli Man (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [22 Theaters] Weekend $15,308, Average $696, Cume $432,274
The Hunting Ground (RADiUS) Week 6 [6 Theaters] Weekend $19,217, Average $800, Cume $160,513
Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [122 Theaters] Weekend $224,728, Average $1,842, Cume $1,934,727
What We Do In The Shadows (Unison/Paladin) Week 8 [125 Theaters] Weekend $187,631, Average $1,501, Cume $2,477,381
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group) Week 10 [18 Theaters] Weekend $18,890, Average $863, Cume $1,016,520
Red Army (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [47 Theaters] Weekend $17,953, Average $382, Cume $694,647
Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [235 Theaters] Weekend $173,459, Average $738, Cume $18,227,820
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) Week 19 [19 Theaters] Weekend $133K, Average $658, Cume $90,784,107
Citizenfour (RADiUS) Week 24 [4 Theaters] Weekend $3,032, Average $758, Cume $2,780,664