Limited release openers had a decent start this Easter Weekend, though none popped in any super-heroic fashion. Still, in a holiday that was expected to be dominated by Batman V Superman, the launches of IFC Films’ Born To Be Blue starring Ethan Hawke, GKIDS’ animated April And The Extraordinary World and to a lesser extent, Sony Classics’ I Saw The Light, had good-to-middling results. Hawke’s Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue won the Specialty weekend, averaging $15,780. That places it 3rd in the overall box office in terms of per theater average, behind Warner Bros. Batman V Superman as well as the studio’s limited release title Midnight Special starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst, which grossed $97K in five theaters in its second frame. And Bleecker Street added 88 runs for Eye In The Sky, grossing over $1M, landing tenth in the overall box office.

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IFC Films head Jonathan Sehring touted Hawke’s performance in the “re-imagining” of the jazz trumpeter’s life, as Born To Be Blue opened in three locations grossing $47,340 for a $15,780 PTA, the best of this weekend’s Specialty openers. The distributor said Blue‘s strong bow in New York and L.A. was backed up by “excellent reviews” for the film and Hawke. Sehring also credited “a strong publicity campaign by Hawke following the film’s excellent reception at SXSW.”

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IFC Films will expand the title to the top 15 markets in the next two weeks, and Blue also will be available via on-demand platforms March 31.

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The animated French-language sci-fi adventure April And The Extraordinary World played an exclusive run in New York, taking $12,101. The film comes from the producers of 2007 ‘s Oscar-nominated Persepolis (Sony Classics, $4.44M domestic gross). GKIDS’ Dave Jesteadt said this week that April And The Extraordinary World “has great art house pedigree, and it’s a fun genre film, but we also think it has a substantial possibility with audiences beyond those who are [drawn to] a French subtitled film.” GKIDS is releasing both a subtitled version voiced by Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine and Jean Rochefort, and an English-language matinee version featuring Susan Sarandon and Paul Giamatti. GKIDS will expand April to the top 15 markets starting April 8.

Opening comparatively slower was Sony Classics’ Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Bowing in 5 theaters, the feature grossed $50,464, averaging $10,093. The title will open in additional markets in the coming weeks.

Gravitas Ventures’ doc Fastball, Amplify’s They’re Watching and Filmbuff’s Jane Wants A Boyfriend have not reported numbers for their opening weekends as of early afternoon ET Sunday.

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Warner Bros. limited release Midnight Special, in five locations in its second weekend, showed gusto. Directed by Jeff Nichols, the sci-fi thriller grossed $97K, giving it a robust $19,400 PTA, the best average among the Specialties this weekend even though down about 48% from its opening $37K per theater average last week. Midnight Special will add markets in coming weeks.

A24’s Krisha had a slower weekend as it played 20 additional locations in its second weekend. The feature grossed $38K in 22 theaters, averaging $1,727. Last weekend the film opened with two runs at $10,250 ($5,125 average).

EYE IN THE SKY

Bleecker Street added 88 runs for Eye In The Sky in its third weekend with solid numbers. Starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul, the war thriller grossed $1,001,202 in 123 locations, averaging $8,140, down only about one-third from last week’s $12,194 average in 35 theaters. The title is showing momentum, placing 10th in the overall box office as of early Sunday afternoon. Bleecker Street said the “expansion clearly reflects the growing demand for the film particularly with its adult core audiences in the US and Canada.” Eye In The Sky will expand to 800 theaters April 1.

Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films added 360 runs for Sally Field starrer Hello, My Name Is Doris in its third weekend. The film held well, grossing over $1.7 million in 488 theaters, averaging $3,485. Last weekend, the title grossed just over $1.01M in 128 locations, averaging $7,909. The title will expand nationwide next week.

This year’s Oscar Best Picture winner and nominees Spotlight, Brooklyn and Room continue to hold their own. Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn crossed $38M in its 21st week, while Open Road’s Oscar winner Spotlight, also in Week 21, grossed over $160K in 206 theaters, averaging $777 for a $44.34M cume. A24’s Room starring Best Actress winner Brie Larson played 34 locations in its 24th weekend of release, grossing $19K ($559 average) for a cume of over $14.48M.

NEW RELEASES

April And The Extraordinary World (GKIDS) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,101

Born To Be Blue (IFC Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $47,340, Average $15,780

I Saw The Light (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $50,464, Average $10,093

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND

Krisha (A24) Week 2 [22 Theaters] Weekend $38K, Average $1,727, Cume $52,558

Midnight Special (Warner Bros.) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $97K, Average $19,400, Cume $358,130

HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS

City Of Gold (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [33 Theaters] Weekend $92,400, Average $2,800, Cume. $275,020

Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) Week 3 [123 Theaters] Weekend $1,001,202, Average $8,140, Cume $1,723,308

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Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) Week 3 [488 Theaters] Weekend $1,700,925, Average $3,485, Cume $3,268,689

Lolo (FilmRise Releasing) Week 3 [8 Theater] Weekend $5,175, Average $647, Cume $12,475

Marguerite (Cohen Media Group) Week 3 [30 Theaters] Weekend $48,680, Average $1,623, Cume $130,474

Remember (A24) Week 3 [49 Theaters] Weekend $162K, Average $1,109, Cume $933,533

Knight Of Cups (Broad Green Pictures) Week 4 [68 Theaters] Weekend $63,721, Average $937, Cume $453,414

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Embrace Of The Serpent (Oscilloscope) Week 6 [73 Theaters] Weekend $105K, Average $1,438, Cume $942,982

Where To Invade Next (Drafthouse Films) Week 7 [68 Theaters] Weekend $67,080, Average $986, Cume $3,602,200

Rams (Cohen Media Group) Week 8 [10 Theaters] Weekend $11,370, Average $1,137, Cume $128,878

The Lady In The Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [216 Theaters] Weekend $226,786, Average $1,050, Cume $9,173,286

45 Years (Sundance Selects) Week 14 [34 Theaters] Weekend $26,520, Average $780, Cume $4,227,597

Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) Week 18 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,700, Cume $398,034

Mustang (Cohen Media Group) Week 19 [7 Theaters] Weekend $4,356, Average $622, Cume $823,749

Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) Week 21 [86 Theaters] Weekend $62K, Average $721, Cume $38,066,963

Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 21 [206 Theaters] Weekend $160,057, Average $777, Cume $44,340,895

Room (A24) Week 24 [34 Theaters] Weekend $19K, Average $559, Cume $14,484,584