It’s hardly the dog days of summer, but the specialty movies are staying. Some numbers have trickled in this morning, and it appears some are hiding in the shade. The one fairly bright spot is a film that has received critical approval but does not boast star-wattage. Monterey Media’s Runoff kicked off in a single NYC location grossing $10K. Focus World opened A Little Chaos in 83 theaters in a day and date theatrical VOD bow, while Rialto Pictures opened its restored classic The Third Man in three theaters. The Orchard’s The Overnight, Roadside/Lionsgate’s Love & Mercy, Searchlight’s Sundance winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and Sony Classics’ Infinitely Polar Bear added theaters with fairly decent to good results.
Runoff, directed by biochemist-turned-filmmaker Kimberly Levin, is based on her experience exposing a textile factory in Kentucky that was dumping poisonous by-product into a tributary of Lake Cumberland. The movie had a good start at the Village East in New York in an exclusive bow where it was No. 1. The Monterey Media release grossed $10K, giving it the highest PTA among newcomers and likely the third highest single theater figure of the weekend overall, although obviously its studio counterparts were in hundreds if not thousands more theaters. Still, not bad for a small film opening in summer going pretty much on word of mouth. Levin and cast appeared throughout the weekend at post-screening Q&As and was buoyed by support from novelist Joyce Carol Oates and food writers like Marion Nestle in addition to what Monterey described Sunday as ‘Green groups.’
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the public response,” said Producer Kurt Pitzer via email reporting the title’s numbers. “Audience members have been sitting on the floor and in the aisles, to the capacity allowed by the fire marshal. The conversations afterward are intense. Monterey has been a fantastic partner and we look forward to collaborating with them on the nationwide rollout.”
Warner Bros. opened Batkid Begins in several locations over this final weekend in June. The title has yet to find its footing. Batkid grossed $23K, averaging $6K, which actually made it the third best performer among new limited releases. Incidentally, Rialto Pictures’ restored reissue of The Third Man actually outperformed Batkid with an $8K average in three theaters and an overall gross of $24K.
Rialto said the title’s showing at New York’s Film Forum had “the lion’s share” of its weekend total, grossing $14K over the three days. Other openings were in Washington, D.C.’s AFI Silver and Philadelphia’s Ritz Bourse. The Third Man expands on July 3 to Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco bay area, Seattle and Portland, OR.
Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet opened in 83 theaters, by far and away the weekend’s biggest specialty release in theater count. It was also available on-demand. On the big screen, it grossed $186K for a slight $2,241 PTA.
Sony Classics added a dozen theaters for Mark Ruffalo’s Infinitely Polar Bear in its second weekend. The title grossed $69,198, averaging just over $4K. The feature opened in 5 locations last weekend, grossing over $47K ($9,480 average). Its 2 week cume is over $133K.
The Orchard added 42 runs in the top 40 North American markets for The Overnight, starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche and Taylor Schilling in its second weekend. It grossed nearly $161K in 45 theaters, averaging $3,577. The distributor said it “continues to rank 1st or 2nd in its core theaters,” including New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Per today’s numbers “The Overnight continued to deliver in its second week of our platform release, with strong word of mouth driving a 58% increase in grosses Saturday over Friday. “This is an intelligent comedy that is setting itself apart and resonating with audiences looking for something different. We’re excited about its potential going into the holiday weekend.”
Fox Searchlight added 286 runs for its Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl in its third frame. The title grossed $992K in 354 theaters, averaging $2,802, giving it a $1.85M cume. “The film, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, is beginning to show some traction and resiliency in holdover theaters as the percentage drop was a minuscule -11% in theaters that played the film last weekend,” noted Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez via email today. Me And Earl will expand to between 750 – 800 theaters July 1.
Roadside/Lionsgate’s Brian Wilson bio-drama Love & Mercy placed 12th in the overall box office. The title grossed $1.3M in 724 theaters, averaging $1,809. It grossed nearly $1.7M in 794 theaters last weekend, averaging $2,135.
Bleecker Street’s I’ll See You In My Dreams crossed $5M over the weekend. The feature grossed nearly $582K in 290 theaters, averaging just over $2K.
Sundance Documentary winner The Wolfpack still has a bit of bite with added locations. It grossed $194K in 89 theaters, averaging $2,180. Only in its third frame, the title is already one of the year’s best performers among non-fiction releases. Wolfpack continued to have sold-out screenings at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center where it opened. It has now cumed nearly $537K.
Runoff (Monterey Media) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10K
A Little Chaos (Focus World) NEW [83 Theaters] Weekend $186K, Average $2,241
The Third Man (Rialto Pictures) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $24K, Average $8K
Eden (Broad Green Pictures) Week 2 [14 Theaters] Weekend $13,360, Average $954, Cume $38,597
Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [17 Theaters] Weekend $69,198, Average $4,070, Cume $133,447
The Overnight (The Orchard) Week 2 [45 Theaters] Weekend $160,944, Average $3,577, Cume $227,070
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [354 Theaters] Weekend $992K, Average $2,802, Cume $1,856,051
The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [89 Theaters] Weekend $194K, Average $2,180, Cume $536,819
The Yes Men Are Revolting (The Orchard) Week 3 [12 Theaters] Weekend $3,523, Average $294, Cume $41,205; VOD estimate: $65K
Love & Mercy (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 4 [724 Theaters] Weekend $1.31M, Average $1,809, Cume $9,293,207
Testament Of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [64 Theaters] Weekend $166,537, Average $2,602, Cume $670,905
Heaven Knows What (RADiUS) Week 5 [7 Theaters] Weekend $2,326, Average $332, Cume $70,209
I’ll See You In My Dreams (Bleecker Street) Week 7 [290 Theaters] Weekend $581,964, Average $2,007, Cume $5,005,637
Far From The Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [153 Theaters] Weekend $160K, Average $1,046, Cume $11,609,755
Félix And Meira (Oscilloscope) Week 11 [4 Theaters] Weekend $2K, Average $500, Cume $440,641
Dior And I (The Orchard) Week 12 [7 Theaters] Weekend $6,921, Average $989, Cume $1,014,897
Woman In Gold (The Weinstein Company) Week 13 [141 Theaters] Weekend $128K, Average $908, Cume $32,814,418