The folks at Bleecker Street were giddy Sunday morning watching the results of their latest release, Eye In The Sky starring Helen Mirren. The title topped 2016 platform bows with a $23,410 per theater average in five New York and Los Angeles theaters. Roadside Attractions and Sony’s Stage 6 Films were not far behind with Hello, My Name Is Doris. Starring Sally Field, the feature averaged $21,310 in several locations. The two films topped a busy weekend of Specialty newcomers that mostly bowed with mixed results over the weekend. Sundance Selects had a good start with its documentary City Of Gold, while A24’s Remember with Christopher Plummer had a comparatively tepid launch with a $10K average from two theaters. Trailing the higher profile Specialties were River Of Grass and Lolo.
Eye In The Sky sailed on the Specialty Box Office with a robust launch. The feature grossed just over $117K in five New York and Los Angeles theaters, giving it a $23,410 PTA. The company said the results would have actually been higher, but sell-outs during high-traffic showings at key venues meant some were turned away. “We’re very excited, particularly for [opening a film] this strong going into our second year,” said Bleecker Street’s Jack Foley Sunday. “The talent’s [core audience] is driving the film, but the business coming out of [New York’s] Union Square and [L.A.’s] Arclight were very strong. The film is picking up the younger audience. When you see 10% of the business coming after 8 PM, it’s really a great thing. Playing to the core is great, but going wider from our demo suggests great growth.”
Foley said that some houses saw a 60% rise from Friday to Saturday, though the rise at the Landmark was minimal. The title had an overall 54% rise Friday to Saturday. Lincoln Square in New York went from a $6,900 Friday gross to $11K Saturday while the Arclight had $6K Friday and $8,400 Saturday.
Bleecker Street will expand Eye In The Sky to 35 theaters in the coming week, adding 15 major markets. “We’re staying with that plan because it’s the right thing to do,” said Foley. “We have all the right core houses which will do well for the film next weekend. Our challenge, like this weekend, will be not having enough seats.”
Sally Field also had a good weekend with the launch of Hello, My Name Is Doris, her first starring role in almost a decade. Released via Roadside Attractions and Sony’s Stage 6 Films, the feature grossed $85,240 in four theaters, giving it a healthy $21,310 PTA. Roadside, which reported numbers Sunday, touted the film’s 89% Rotten Tomatoes score as well as Field’s critical response for her portrait of a sixty-something woman who falls for a much younger co-worker (Max Greenfield). Said Roadside Sunday: “Sally and Max gave the film a huge boost by promoting the film across a variety of media platforms leading up to release, including a ‘makeout’ session on Ellen earlier this week.” Roadside was particularly happy with the cross-generational appeal, noting that “filmgoers across the age spectrum are going, in keeping with the storyline of an older woman spending time with a much younger man and his friends.” Doris will head to most of the top markets March 18.
Sundance Selects opened its Sundance Film Festival pick-up City Of Gold in four theaters to a fine start. The doc about Pulitzer prize-winning Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold grossed $64K in four theaters, averaging $16K. The distributor said that, not surprisingly, the title did particularly well in L.A., selling out shows at its theaters there. City Of Gold will expand to the top 15 markets within the next two weeks.
A24 launched Remember with Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau in two theaters over the weekend with a blasé bow. The feature grossed $20K, averaging $10K. Not a disaster, but the film’s competition had the upper-hand this weekend. Among other openings, Oscilloscope’s River Of Grass played an exclusive run, grossing $3,370, while FilmRise bowed Julie Delpy’s Lolo also in an exclusive showing, grossing just $3K.
Broad Green added 32 runs for Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups in its second frame, though the feature appears to not have added steam following its disappointing opening last week. The film grossed $90,135, averaging $2,504. That is actually better than the second weekend of his last film, To The Wonder, which averaged just $2,193 in its second weekend in 49 theaters, though the Magnolia release was also available via VOD. His 2011 film, The Tree Of Life, had a stratospheric $30,915 average in its second weekend in 20 theaters, following a sizzling $123,447 average when it opened in four locations in 2011. Knight Of Cups opened in four theaters last weekend, grossing $56,688, averaging $14,172.
International Film Circuit’s history of the Zionist idea, Colliding Dreams, expanded to six theaters in its second weekend in South Florida, as well as Palm Springs and Seattle, while continuing in New York and Los Angeles. The title grossed $22K, averaging $1,571, giving it a $45,140 cume. Abramorama/Ro*Co added 5 runs for pro-choice doc Trapped also in its second weekend. It grossed $13,172, averaging $1,647.
Oscilloscope took its Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee Embrace Of The Serpent to the top 10 markets over the weekend. The Colombian title grossed $186,007 in 75 theaters, averaging $2,489. The film easily crossed the half million mark, landing at $524,137.
Sony Classics’ The Lady In The Van passed $8 million in its ninth weekend in theaters. It grossed $569,158 in 363 theaters Friday to Sunday. Sundance Selects’ 45 Years starring Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling, meanwhile, crossed $4 million. Directed by Andrew Haigh, the film grossed $66,500 in 70 locations over the weekend, averaging $950.
In its 19th weekend of release, Oscar Best Picture winner Spotlight continued to lure audiences. Open Road played the title in 847 theaters, grossing $957,188 for a $1,130 average. Its cume is now over $43.21 million.
City Of Gold (Sundance Selects) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $64K, Average $16K
Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $117,050, Average $23,410
Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $85,240, Average $21,310
Lolo (FilmRise Releasing) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3K
Remember (A24) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $20K, Average $10K
River Of Grass (Oscilloscope) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,370
Colliding Dreams (International Film Circuit) Week 2 [14 Theaters] Weekend $22K, Average $1,571, Cume $45,140
Knight Of Cups (Broad Green Pictures) Week 2 [36 Theaters] Weekend $90,135, Average $2,504, Cume $175,726
Trapped (Abramorama/Ro*Co) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $13,172, Average $1,647, Cume $39,610
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer (Lionsgate) Week 4 [39 Theaters] Weekend $32K, Average $821, Cume $1,710,502
Embrace Of The Serpent (Oscilloscope) Week 4 [75 Theaters] Weekend $186,007, Average $2,489, Cume $524,137
Where To Invade Next (Drafthouse Films) Week 5 [151 Theaters] Weekend $182,748, Average $1,210, Cume $3,268,682
The Lady In The Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [363 Theaters] Weekend $569,158, Average $1,568, Cume $8,054,108
45 Years (Sundance Selects) Week 12 [70 Theaters] Weekend $66,500, Average $950, Cume $4,092,321
Son Of Saul (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [105 Theaters] Weekend $74,248, Average $707, Cume $1,666,866
Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight) Week 19 [225 Theaters] Weekend $247K, Average $1,098, Cume $37,627,974
Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 19 [847 Theaters] Weekend $957,188, Average $1,130, Cume $43,213,462
Room (A24) Week 22 [201 Theaters] Weekend $164,418, Average $818, Cume $14,495,805