Fox’s The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, remained a powerhouse in its second straight week. Still in just four theaters, the feature starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson grossed $450K, bringing its two-week cume to $1,322,519. The weekend’s PTA of $112,500 is the third-best of any 2015 release, down just 5.4%% from the pic’s Christmas weekend opening average of $118,640 which was 2015’s 2nd-highest PTA behind Steve Jobs’ $130,381 opening PTA. The Revenant‘s second weekend average was also higher the opening numbers for Iñárritu’s Oscar Best Picture winner Birdman, which launched in October 2014 in 4 theaters, grossing just over $424K for a $106,099 average. Fox will expand The Revenant to 2,700-plus locations January 8.
Paramount’s Anomalisa took its bow in several theaters over the New Year’s weekend grossing a cool $140K, while other newcomers Chimes At Night from Janus Films and GKIDS’ Only Yesterday opened with solid numbers. Other Christmas weekend holdovers including Sundance Selects’ 45 Years and China Lion’s Mr. Six continued to perform well, while The Weinstein Company’s The Hateful Eight went wide last Wednesday. And The Danish Girl, Carol, Trumbo and Room all crossed box office milestones on the first weekend of 2016.
Featuring the voices of Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan, Anomalisa averaged $35K per location and took in a total of $215K since opening last Wednesday. Paramount said the audience skewed somewhat more male than female and about half were 35 and younger. “I think it was a solid opening,” said Paramount’s Megan Colligan Sunday. “There was a lot of competition for theaters given that The Revenant and others started so late.” Colligan added that the company hopes that the stop-motion picture’s Golden Globe nomination for best animated feature possible Oscar nomination will boost Anomalisa in the coming weeks. “It’s a marathon rather than a sprint.”
Janus Films opened the restoration of Orson Welles’ Chimes At Midnight (1965) at Film Forum in New York, while also playing a limited schedule at Cinefamily in Los Angeles where it screened twice on Friday, three times on Saturday and twice on Sunday. At Film Forum, the feature grossed $20,480. Janus’ Peter Becker said Sunday that the new restoration will play at the country’s “top arthouse cinemas throughout the winter and into the spring,” adding, “Fifty years after its original release Orson Welles’ late-life masterpiece, featuring what may be Welles’s greatest performance, is finally finding the audience it has always deserved.”
GKIDS opened Studio Ghibli’s animated title Only Yesterday, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the first-ever theatrical release from the Japanese animation studio in the U.S. The title by Oscar-nominee Isao Takahata grossed $13,329 at IFC Center in New York. GKIDS will hold off national expansion including LA and the top 10 markets until the end of February.
China Lion’s Devil And Angel opened in a dozen U.S. locations. It grossed $45K, giving it a soft $3,750 PTA. The company’s second week holdover Mr. Six, however, continued to perform solidly, though it lost two runs from its opening over Christmas. Mr. Six grossed $280K in 28 theaters, averaging $10K, a slight uptick from its opening $9,561 average in 30 theaters. “It will roll over $1 million [Sunday], our fastest grossing title to hit that benchmark, beating our previous best, Goodbye Mr. Loser, which took 14 days,” said China Lion’s Robert Lundberg. “Mr. Six did it in 11 days. It’s on target to beat Goodbye Mr. Loser‘s total gross of $1.3M sometime this week… With the combination of Feng Xiaogang in an acting role, attracting an older audience and Kris Wu and Li Yifeng attracting a younger audience, we’re well positioned.”
Sundance Selects added three runs in NYC and L.A. for 45 Years‘ second frame. Directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, the title grossed a cool $103,356 in six theaters, averaging a robust $17,226, not bad for a crowded marketplace. 45 Years‘ two-week cume is $245K.
Several Oscar hopefuls passed box office milestones over New Years weekend. Focus Features’ The Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander topped $6 million in its sixth weekend. The film grossed $1.507 million in 449 theaters, averaging $3,356, and down only 2% from the previous weekend’s $1.536 million gross in 440 theaters. TWC’s Carol crossed $5 million in its 7th week. The Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara starrer grossed $1.215 million in 189 theaters, averaging $6,429, which is up from the previous weekend’s $6,075 PTA in 180 locations, suggesting positive word-of-mouth for Todd Haynes’ movie. Trumbo sailed across $7 million in its 9th weekend. Starring Bryan Cranston, who was among the bevy of stars honored Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Bleecker Street release grossed $176,554 in 90 theaters, averaging $1,961. And A24’s Room crossed $5 million in its 12th weekend. It grossed $140,231 over the weekend, averaging $1,541.
Searchlight’s Brooklyn, meanwhile, passed the $20 million threshold in its 9th weekend. Palm Springs International Film Festival also honored the title’s star, Saoirse Ronan over the weekend, whose film grossed $1.3 million, averaging $4,561. Ronan is nominated for Best Actress by the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.
Chimes At Midnight (Janus Films) [1 Theater] Weekend $20,480
Anomalisa (Paramount) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $140K, Average $35K, Cume $215K (Wed. Open)
Devil And Angel (China Lion) NEW [12 Theaters] Weekend $45K, Average $3,750, Cume $65K
Only Yesterday (GKIDS) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $13,329
45 Years (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $103,356, Average $17,226, Cume $245,004
The Hateful Eight (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [2,474 Theaters] Weekend $16.24M, Average $6,564, Cume $29,577,963
Mr. Six (China Lion) Week 2 [28 Theaters] Weekend $280K, Average $10K, Cume $1,059,347
The Revenant (Fox) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $450K, Average $112,500, Cume $1,322,519
HOLDOVERS / 3RD+ WEEKEND
Son Of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $36,801, Average $9,200, Cume $162,574
Hitchcock/Truffaut (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [6 Theaters] Weekend $9,235, Average $1,556, Cume $207,647
Youth (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [144 Theaters] Weekend $350K, Average $2,431, Cume $1,647,513
The Danish Girl (Focus Features) Week 6 [449 Theaters] Weekend $1.507M, Average $3,356, Cume $6.004M
Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) Week 6 [12 Theaters] Weekend $20K, Average $1,667, Cume $273,405
Legend (Universal) Week 7 [13 Theaters] Weekend $14,300, Average $1,100, Cume $1,866,424
Carol (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [189 Theaters] Weekend $1,215,000, Average $6,429, Cume $5,014,748
Mustang (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [12 Theaters] Weekend $27,685, Average $2,307, Cume $188,814
Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) Week 9 [285 Theaters] Weekend $1.3M, Average $4,561, Cume $20,860,233
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (Submarine Deluxe) Week 9 [9 Theaters] Weekend $14,779, Average $1,642, Cume $393,584
Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 9 [385 Theaters] Weekend $1,204,543, Average $3,129, Cume $27,128,422
Trumbo (Bleecker Street) Week 9 [90 Theaters] Weekend $176,554, Average $1,961, Cume $7,029,067
Room (A24) Week 12 [91 Theaters] Weekend $140,231, Average $1,541, Cume $5,000,984