This weekend, it paid to be a Mexican animated title among specialty debuts on the big screen. Otherwise it was mixed. Pantelion/Lionsgate’s feature Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (A Rooster With Many Eggs) strutted on the roster of new limited releases with a solid bow in several hundred theaters, easily topping its non-animated brethren. Magnolia Pictures opened Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s latest, Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine in a sizable day and date release while RADiUS launched the theatrical leg of its ultra-VOD debut Before We Go. PBS Distribution found solid footing with its Sundance doc Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution, which took its bow at one NYC theater.
Lionsgate/Pantelion is setting solid numbers with its Spanish-language Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos, which opened in 395 theaters. The film is tracking to reach $4.4M over the holiday weekend, giving it a nice $11,139 theater average ($3.4M three-day, $8,608 average). For more information on the title, which cracked the top 10 this weekend, please check out today’s domestic box office report from Anita Busch and Anthony D’Alessandro.
PBS Distribution opened doc Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution at New York’s Film Forum with an impressive bow. It grossed over $20K at the location where it opened exclusively ahead of playdates in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore next weekend, followed by L.A. September 25. “We are thrilled with these opening weekend results,” commented Amy Letourneau VP of Strategy and Acquisitions of PBS Distribution when reporting numbers today. “The strong opening at Film Forum is testament to the broad appeal of the film and bodes well for the release going forward.”
Appropriately, Steve Jobs had a day and date theatrical/VOD launch with his feature debut. Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine opened in 68 theaters grossing $138,500, landing with a per theater average just over $2K. Apple did not give the title a push, though it’s currently in the top 10 on iTunes. Gibney’s previous feature, Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief had a short theatrical window before heading to HBO where it was one of the premium network’s most popular documentaries this decade. Gibney’s Taxi To The Dark Side, which took the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2008 grossed under $300K in theaters. His 2013 title, The Armstrong Lie grossed nearly $382K stateside, while We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks cumed just over $166K domestically.
Chris Evans’ directorial debut Before We Go began its theatrical run in 21 theaters after a notable ultra-VOD window which began in July. In an exclusive, Deadline reported the feature grossed $1.53M as of Wednesday. It has since added $100K on-demand with a $1.63M estimated cume, although the title was less buoyant on the big screen where it is estimated to gross just under $25K through Labor Day, giving it a 4-day $1,164 average.
Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate added 2 runs for Chiwetel Ejiofor starrer Z For Zachariah with sluggish results. The title grossed $21,675 in 31 theaters, averaging just over $800 (3-day). The film opened in 29 theaters, averaging $2K.
Oscilloscope added a dozen runs for Brazilian feature The Second Mother in its second weekend. The film appears to have some legs, grossing $56K in 15 theaters, averaging $3,733 (3-day). The Sundance ’15 title grossed under $28K in its debut, averaging $9,250. Oscilloscope said that the film had an uptick in its grosses vs. the previous Friday at both its Paris theater (New York) and the Laemmle Royal (L.A.). Oscilloscope noted that in the Bay Area, where the film opened this weekend, the film’s Saturday grosses doubled from Friday at both the Embarcadero and Shattuck theaters. The Second Mother will next head to Philadelphia, Scottsdale, AZ, Minneapolis, Denver and Portland.
Sony Classics added 33 theaters for Lily Tomlin’s Grandma in its third weekend, crossing the $1M threshold. The title is holding well, grossing over $491K in 52 theaters, averaging $9,443.
The Orchard shed over a dozen locations for Digging For Fire‘s third frame. Theatrically, it grossed just over $8K in 17 theaters, averaging just $475. The title, however, is estimated to have increased its VOD take by $75K compared to the previous weekend. Its on-demand gross is now $325K.
Music Box’s doc Meru continues to scale the box office summit. The Sundance feature by E. Chai Vasarhhelyi and Jimmy Chin grossed just under $352K in 124 theaters (45 added runs over last weekend) averaging $2,836, a mere 17% per screen average decline. The film also crossed $1M in the box office on Saturday night. The film is tracking to be the year’s No. 2 documentary following A24’s Amy (not including Disney’s nature doc Monkey Kingdom). Music Box will add another 50 screens on September 11.
Before We Go (RADiUS) NEW [21 Theaters] Weekend 19,150 (4-day estimate $24,450), Average $912 (4-day: $1,164); 5-week VOD gross: $1.63M
Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (PBS Distribution) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $20,215, Cume $28,580 (Wed. Open)
Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [68 Theaters] Weekend $138,500, Average $2,037
Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) NEW [395 Theaters] Weekend $3.4M (4-day estimate: $4.4M), Average $8,608 [4-day: $11,139]
The Second Mother (Oscilloscope) Week 2 [15 Theaters] Weekend $56K, Average $3,733, Cume $92,671
Z For Zachariah (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 2 [31 Theaters] Weekend $21,675, Average $803, Cume $99,856
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Digging For Fire (The Orchard) Week 3 [17 Theaters] Weekend $8,071, Average $475, Cume $98,081; Week 2 VOD Estimate: $325K
Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [52 Theaters] Weekend $491,020, Average $9,443, Cume $1,063,024
Meru (Music Box Films) Week 4 [124 Theaters] Weekend $351,753, Average $2,836, Cume $1,155,764
Mistress America (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [512 Theaters] Weekend $595K, Average $1,162, Cume $1,669,726
Rosenwald (The Ciesla Foundation) Week 4 [15 Theaters] Weekend $49,275, Average $3,285, Cume $158,234
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [255 Theaters] Weekend $258,926, Average $1,015, Cume $1,342,274
Phoenix (Sundance Selects) Week 7 [185 Theaters] Weekend $355,940, Average $1,924, Cume $1,915,790
Irrational Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [54 Theaters] Weekend $55,868, Average $1,035, Cume $3,812,196
Mr. Holmes (Roadside Attractions/Miramax) Week 8 [346 Theaters] Weekend $363,500, Average $1,051, Cume $16,677,995
Cartel Land (The Orchard) Week 10 [12 Theaters] Weekend $9,115, Average $760, Cume $676,294
Love & Mercy (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 14 [31 Theaters] Weekend $20,025, Average $646, Cume $12,493,558