The Orchard’s free-spirited poolside tryst, The Overnight, starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godrèche and Taylor Schilling led a pack of a half-dozen or so limited release titles over the weekend, breaking a $20K per screen average in 3 New York and L.A. runs. Other reporting bows fared less robustly in a fairly crowded marketplace still holding on to Jurassic World and embracing Inside Out. Sony Classics’ Infinitely Polar Bear placed second among newcomers, with a $9,480 average from 5 runs, while Broad Green’s theatrical debut Eden, averaged $6,771 from a trio of cinemas. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate’s Love & Mercy, however, continues to show legs in its third week, placing 12th in the overall box office amid an expansion, while Searchlight’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl also added locations.
Atop the newcomers, writer-director Patrick Brice’s smart sex comedy The Overnight grossed $61,523, averaging $20,507, the third best PTA behind Jurassic Park and Inside Out. The Overnight is currently No. 1 at the Angelika in New York and No. 2 behind Jurassic World at The Landmark in L.A.
“The Overnight brought raucous weekend play dates to audiences in NY and LA,” said Paul Davidson, SVP of The Orchard Film & TV. “As size does matter, we’ll look to next weekend’s expansion to touch audiences in all the major metropolitan markets.” The title will expand aggressively to the Top 40 U.S. markets next weekend, and 300-plus screens nationwide by July 3.
Sundance 2014 title Infinitely Polar Bear opened in five theaters Friday. The title starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana grossed $47,398 for a $9,480 PTA, placing second behind The Overnight among the weekend’s newcomers, of course at a decidedly lower threshold. It will roll out slowly to major markets.
Broad Green Pictures debuted the opened French drama Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve in three locations, the first of an ambitious slate the L.A.-based distributor plans to release through 2015 and into 2016. Eden grossed $20,313, averaging $6,771. Broad Green will add additional cities June 26.
UTV Motion Pictures had the weekend’s widest bow among indie distributed titles. Its Bollywood feature ABCD 2 opened in 146 theaters across North America, grossing over $443K, averaging $3,038. UTV said further expansion will follow.
In other theatrical debuts, IFC Films opened Manglehorn in three locations, grossing $12,900 ($4,300 average). The title will go into the top 15 markets into July. And Kino Lorber opened The Wanted 18 in two theaters, grossing $3,600 ($1,800 PTA). Additional cities to follow throug July.
Fox Searchlight added 53 theaters for Sundance 2015 Jury and Audience winner Me And Earl And The Dying Girl in its second weekend. It grossed $351,678 in 68 locations, averaging $5,172. Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez said via email: “We have had a very good weekend in Art and Specialty houses across the country including venues such as the Camelview in Scottsdale, the Town Center Irvine, Ca., The Uptown in Minneapolis, and the Jacob Burns Film Centre in Pleasantville, NY.” In addition to additional specialty venues Rodriguez said, “We are also expecting that with good word of mouth we will be able to cross-over to the upscale multiplex audience.” Adding 50 new markets will bring its theater count to between 350 and 400 locations. By the July 4th holiday weekend, the total is expected to be 650-700 theaters.
Magnolia’s The Wolfpack held steady after a great start last weekend. The distributor added 37 theaters in its second frame, grossing $167K from 39 cinemas for a $4,282 average. The doc has now cumed $235,640.
The Orchard’s The Yes Men Are Revolting has grossed an estimated $60K via VOD. The company is among an exclusive few that now regularly provide on-demand figures. The title grossed $14,264 in 20 theaters in its second weekend, averaging a slower $713. The Orchard’s Dior And I, meanwhile, crossed $1 million in its 11th weekend. The title grossed $16,448, averaging $1,370 in a dozen locations. Not bad at all for a non-fiction title nearly three months into its release. Its cume as of Sunday is $1,004,282.
Brian Wilson bio-drama Love & Mercy continued to hold solid in its third weekend with an expansion. The Roadside/Lionsgate release grossed nearly $1.7M in 794 theaters ($2,135 average), 221 more runs from its second frame. The film’s cume is now $7,150,673
ABCD 2 (UTV Motion Pictures) NEW [146 Theaters] Weekend $443,621, Average $3,038
Eden (Broad Green Pictures) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $20,313, Average $6,771
Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $47,398, Average $9,480
Manglehorn (IFC Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $12,900, Average $4,300
The Overnight (The Orchard) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $61,523, Average $20,507
The Wanted 18 (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,600, Average $1,800
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [68 Theaters] Weekend $351,678, Average $5,172, Cume $645,090
The Wolfpack (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [39 Theaters] Weekend $167K, Average $4,282, Cume $235,640
The Yes Men Are Revolting (The Orchard) Week 2 [20 Theaters] Weekend $14,264, Average $713, Cume $33,538; VOD estimate: $60K
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Love & Mercy (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 3 [794 Theaters] Weekend $1,694,868, Average $2,135, Cume $7,150,673
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [ Theaters] Weekend $, Average $
Testament Of Youth (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [72 Theaters] Weekend $194,955, Average $2,708, Cume $421,701
Heaven Knows What (RADiUS) Week 4 [11 Theaters] Weekend $5,488, Average $499, Cume $63,611
I’ll See You In My Dreams (Bleecker Street) Week 6 [287 Theaters] Weekend $674,195, Average $2,349, Cume $4,047,809
In The Name Of My Daughter (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [6 Theaters] Weekend $3,432, Average $572, Cume $275,370
Saint Laurent (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [38 Theaters] Weekend $20,493, Average $539, Cume $396,793
Far From The Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [256 Theaters] Weekend $260K, Average $1,016, Cume $11,278,885
Félix And Meira (Oscilloscope) Week 10 [8 Theaters] Weekend $3,500, Average $438, Cume $434,101
Dior And I (The Orchard) Week 11 [12 Theaters] Weekend $16,448, Average $1,370, Cume $1,004,282
Ex Machina (A24) Week 11 [124 Theaters] Weekend $113,088, Average $912, Cume $24,922,880
Woman In Gold (The Weinstein Company) Week 12 [315 Theaters] Weekend $200K, Average $635, Cume $32,548,479
It Follows (RADiUS/Dimension) Week 15 [6 Theaters] Weekend $1,355, Average $226, Cume $14.674M