In a first, RADiUS has provided figures for an ultra-VOD release ahead of its theatrical bow. RADiUS said Chris Evans’ Before We Go had a robust launch on-demand since becoming available July 21, grossing over $1.13M in just under three weeks. Back on the theatrical side, newcomers had mixed results. Sony Classics did fairly well with the opening of Sundance title The Diary Of A Teenage Girl in New York and L.A., while GKIDS animated movie Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet showed some zest as it debuted in two theaters. Focus World opened Cop Car with a bit less zeal in three theaters in a day and date theatrical/VOD release.
RADiUS reported ultra-VOD numbers for Chris Evans’ Before We Go, which has been available on-demand for less than three weeks ahead of its limited theatrical bow slated for September 4. Since opening July 21 on-demand, Before We Go has grossed $1,130,947. The company’s doc A Lego Brickumentary has grossed nearly $312K after one week on demand. It grossed just over $6,500 in 23 theaters this weekend.
RADiUS’ Tom Quinn and Jason Janego set a standard for reporting on-demand results back in 2013 when they bucked a taboo and released figures for the Keanu Reeves-led Man Of Tai Chi. RADiUS has been fairly consistent in reporting VOD numbers for most of its titles since, paving the way for others to follow suit. Four days ago, Deadline reported the RADiUS duo will exit the label they founded to start another venture.
Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, opened in three New York and Los Angeles theaters in addition to day and date on digital platforms Friday in slow pursuit. The Focus World release grossed $27K in three theaters, giving it a $9K per-theater average. The feature grossed $10K Friday, increasing its take Saturday by 20% to $12K in theaters and a spokesperson said they were “encouraged” by the opening. Cop Car may well move into the fast lane on demand. The feature will shift into 55 theaters in 45 U.S. markets on August 14.
The winner of those limited release titles that are reporting figures is Sony Classics’ Sundance 2015 feature, Diary Of A Teenage Girl which opened Friday in four theaters in New York and L.A. The feature starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wii grossed $54,525, giving it a $13,631 PTA. SPC had tracked the title ahead of its Sundance debut where it picked up a cinematography award. The company said this morning it will add 5 cities next week with another 7 to 10 additional markets the following week, going wide in time for back to school on college campuses.
Close behind Teenage Girl, GKIDS’ animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, opened in a pair of locations with$26,601, giving it a $13,300 PTA.
The feature, which includes the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, edged past the distributor’s May opening of When Marnie Was There, also initially in two locations, averaging $12,802. “The Prophet … combines a major person like Roger Allers who directed The Lion King with [segment director] Joann Sfar,” said GKIDS’ Dave Jesteadt this week. The company plans a “gentle expansion” next week leading into a bigger rollout August 21.
A24 added 32 theaters for James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. The feature came within sight of $253K over the weekend, averaging a cool $7K from 36 locations. Its two-week cume is now slightly more than $428K.
Listen To Me Marlon played 9 additional theaters in its second frame. The Showtime Documentary Films release (as spearheaded by Richard Abramowitz) grossed $42,889 in 11 theaters, averaging a decent $3,899. In its first weekend, the documentary grossed over $29K, averaging $14,608. It has now cumed over $101K.
Sundance Selects expanded Phoenix into the top ten markets in its third weekend. The title grossed $135,810 in 27 theaters, averaging over $5K. Last weekend, the film grossed just shy of $50K in four locations, averaging $12,488. Phoenix will continue a platform release into the top 15 markets next weekend.
Sony Pictures Classics added 790 runs for Woody Allen’s Irrational Man in its fourth frame. The title grossed $883,561 in 925 theaters, averaging $955. Last year’s Magic In The Moonlight also saw a similar 794 theater expansion in its fourth weekend. That film grossed over $1.78M in 964 locations, averaging $1,853 with a four week $4.61M cume. To date, Irrational Man has cumed $2,251,000.
And A24’s doc Amy is about to pass $7M overall. In its sixth weekend, the film grossed nearly $259K in 149 theaters with a still solid $1,738 PTA. Amy has cumed $6,965,339.
Cop Car (Focus World) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $27K, Average $9K
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $54,525, Average $13,631
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (GKIDS) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $26,601, Average $13,300
Metropolitan (re-release) Rialto, NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,500
Listen To Me Marlon (Showtime Documentary Films) Week 2 [11 Theaters] Weekend $42,889, Average $3,899, Cume $101,657
The End Of The Tour (A24) Week 2 [36 Theaters] Weekend $252,702, Average $7,019, Cume $428,047
A LEGO Brickumentary (RADiUS) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $6,500, Average $283, Cume $83,176; VOD Week 2: $311,921
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Phoenix (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [27 Theaters] Weekend $135,810, Average $5,030, Cume $259,492
Samba (Broad Green Pictures) Week 3 [27 Theaters] Weekend $27,749, Average $1,028, Cume $119,086
The Vatican Tapes (Lionsgate/Pantelion) Week 3 [52 Theaters] Weekend $28K, Average $538, Cume $1,706,949
Irrational Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [925 Theaters] Weekend $883,561, Average $955, Cume $2,251,474
Mr. Holmes (Roadside Attractions/Miramax) Week 4 [781 Theaters] Weekend $1,319,500, Average $1,689, Cume $12,839,135
The Stanford Prison Experiment (IFC Films) Week 4 [66 Theaters] Weekend $79,860, Average $1,210, Cume $425,413
Amy (A24) Week 6 [149 Theaters] Weekend $258,962, Average $1,738, Cume $6,965,339
Cartel Land (The Orchard) Week 6 [25 Theaters] Weekend $22,232, Average $889, Cume $595,727
The Overnight (The Orchard) Week 8 [5 Theaters] Weekend $2,965, Average $593, Cume $1,101,648
Love & Mercy (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 10 [62 Theaters] Weekend $43,550, Average $702, Cume $12,304,090
I’ll See You In My Dreams (Bleecker Street) Week 13 [80 Theaters] Weekend $44,388, Average $554, Cume $7,291,842