Specialty newcomers were in the shadows of their Oscar-nominated brethren this weekend. Brooklyn, Spotlight and Room reaped the bulk of the limited release box office as new roll outs were mostly off to tepid starts. Cohen Media Group’s Rams had the highest average of the pack reporting numbers Sunday, with just over $5K in three theaters. China Lion’s The Monkey King 2 In 3D followed, though in a wider 38 locations. The Orchard’s Southbound bowed slowly in several locations, while TWC’s Regression was barely out of the gate with a $310 average in 100 theaters. This year’s group of Oscar Shorts, released via Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures, remained robust, easily topping a seven-figure cume in only its second weekend. Also reaching b.o. milestones were Sundance Selects’ 45 Years and Sony Classics’ The Lady In The Van.
Most of the weekend’s openers likely will have short theatrical lives. Showing some zest was Rams, which won Un Certain Regard at last year’s Cannes Film Festival as well as the best feature prize at the Denver International Film Festival. Directed by Grímur Hákonarson, the Icelandic-produced title grossed $15,167, averaging $5,056 in three locations. That was the highest PTA among the weekend’s reporting newcomers. Rams has cumed nearly $18K since it opened last week and will add theaters in the coming weeks.
China Lion’s The Monkey King 2 In 3D in 38 theaters grossed $175K ($4,605 average). The company said last week that it had “missed out” on releasing the first installment of The Monkey King, which grossed nearly $200 million at home in China. “We wanted to do something very special for Chinese New Year, so we’ve been able to release the film in 3D and a weekend earlier than the Mainland in both the US and Canada as well as through our sister company in Australia and New Zealand,” said China Lion’s Robert Lundberg. Commenting Sunday, Lundberg added: “We expect as Chinese New Year starts tomorrow, which is the same day as the Mainland release of the film, there will be increased interest.”
The Orchard bowed Toronto and Fantastic Fest ’15 feature Southbound in several locations Friday. The feature grossed $6,250, averaging $1,562. The company said it hopes the genre title will tap into awards fatigue, though it appears, at least theatrically, it may have missed that boat. Southbound may very well find life on-demand this coming week, as the film becomes available on digital platforms. The Orchard said it will report those numbers next week.
TWC opened Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. Audiences looking for something new most definitely skirted this title. Regression grossed only $31K in 100 theaters, giving it a bare $310 average — a rough start to say the least given its $20 million budget. The Weinsteins last worked with Amenábar on The Others, which was released in 2001 by Miramax. That title was by far Amenábar’s highest grossing feature, taking in over $96.5 million domestically and over $210 million worldwide. Newmarket released his 2010 film, Agora, starring Rachel Weisz, grossing a much more modest $619K stateside, $39 million worldwide. Amenábar’s 2004 film, The Sea Inside starring Javier Bardem, grossed over $2.1 million domestically with a $38.5 million worldwide cume. Regression will become available via Amazon following a 30-day window.
Starz Digital and Music Box Films did not report weekend grosses for Tumbledown and The Club respectively as of early Sunday afternoon.
Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures added 38 locations for its 2016 Oscar Shorts in its second frame. The grouping of titles grossed $400K in 150 theaters, averaging $2,667. Its weekend gross easily sailed the shorts across the seven-figure cume mark, coming in at over $1.18 million. The 2016 Oscar Shorts and Well Go USA’s Ip Man 3 are the two 2016 openers that have cumed over a million.
Still dominant in the Specialty box office are Oscar Best Picture hopefuls Brooklyn, Spotlight and Room. Though the three have slowly shed some post-nomination locations, they continue to see the Oscar effect. Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn played 45 fewer locations vs last weekend, though the title starring Saoirse Ronan still played over seven hundred theaters, grossing $1.125 million for the highest gross of the three Oscar contendees and, at $1,600, the highest average. Brooklyn‘s 14-week cume is now over $32.3 million.
Open Road’s Spotlight still has the highest overall cume at more than $36.1 million, though Brooklyn is closing in. Spotlight lost 47 locations from the previous weekend, grossing over $844K in 668 theaters ($1,264 average). And A24’s Room starring Brie Larson shed 164 theaters from the previous week, grossing over $782K from 631 locations, averaging $1,240 with a cume of over $11.25 million.
SPC’s The Lady In The Van topped seven figures over the weekend. Starring Maggie Smith, the feature grossed over $392K in 82 theaters, averaging $4,788 in its fourth frame, giving the title a cume of $1,256,804. Also crossing a cumulative milestone was Sundance Selects’ 45 Years starring Best Actress nominee Charlotte Rampling. The film by director Andrew Haigh grossed over $511K in 155 theaters over the weekend ($3,300 average), tipping the title over $2 million since its release seven weeks ago.
The Monkey King 2 In 3D (China Lion) NEW [38 Theaters] Weekend $175K, Average $4,605
Rams (Cohen Media Group) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $15,167, Average $5,056, Cume $17,891 (Wed. Open)
Regression (The Weinstein Company) NEW [100 Theaters] Weekend $31K, Average $310
Southbound (The Orchard) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $6,250, Average $1,562
2016 Oscar Shorts (Shorts International, Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [150 Theaters] Weekend $400K, Average $2,667, Cume $1,186,399
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Aferim! (Big World Pictures) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $6,856, Average $2,285, Cume $60,766
The Lady In The Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [82 Theaters] Weekend $392,585, Average $4,788, Cume $1,256,804
Anomalisa (Paramount) Week 6 [147 Theaters] Weekend $160K, Average $1,088, Cume $2,236,000
45 Years (Sundance Selects) Week 7 [155 Theaters] Weekend $511,500, Average $3,300, Cume $2,022,512
Son Of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [54 Theaters] Weekend $100,393, Average $1,859, Cume $884,534
Hitchcock/Truffaut (Cohen Media Group) Week 10 [5 Theaters] Weekend $1,435, Average $287, Cume $296,929
The Danish Girl (Focus Features) Week 11 [155 Theaters] Weekend $126K, Average $813, Cume $10,600,359
Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) Week 11 [4 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $2,500, Cume $370,905
Carol (The Weinstein Company) Week 12 [236 Theaters] Weekend $210K, Average $890, Cume $11,803,856
Mustang (Cohen Media Group) Week 12 [30 Theaters] Weekend $35,962, Average $1,199, Cume $575,627
Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) Week 14 [703 Theaters] Weekend $1,125,000, Average $1,600, Cume $32,325,943
Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 14 [668 Theaters] Weekend $844,274, Average $1,264, Cume $36,113,108
Room (A24) Week 17 [631 Theaters] Weekend $782,440, Average $1,240, Cume $11,252,823