Searchlight bowed French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition in 854 theaters Friday. The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival opener had a rough start, averaging only $1,317 from a $1,125,000 gross. Give kudos to Searchlight for telling it like it is. The company said Sunday when reporting numbers: “While the results have been disappointing so far, it is great to be working once again with a filmmaker as visionary and focused as Jean-Marc Vallee, and an actor as talented as Jake.” The distributor released Vallée’s previous title, Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, but took a different route when it took the title out in December, 2014. Wild opened in 21 theaters, grossing $606K ($28,896 average), going on to cume nearly $38M. Going a bit further back, Focus opened Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, though again it was only in 9 theaters in its opening weekend. It grossed almost $261K , averaging nearly $29K. It went on to gross over $27.29 million.
Mr. Right struggled to build an audience in its debut. The Focus World title opened in 35 theaters, grossing just $25K for a $714 PTA, though it is a day and date release. Drafthouse Films’ thriller The Invitation fared better in it initial 10 theater start. Starring Logan Marshall-Green, the feature grossed nearly $68K, averaging $6,774. Outpacing it in the PTA race was Zeitgeist’s doc Vita: The Spirit Of Hannah Arendt, which grossed $13,444 in a single location. Kino Lorber’s Venice and Toronto drama Neon Bull also played one theater, grossing $7,133. It will head to L.A. next week and nationally through May. The Orchard’s Louder Than Bombs opened 4 theaters, grossing over $24K ($6,085 average). The company said it will expand the title “across North America” in the coming weeks.
In their second frame, Paramount’s Everybody Wants Some!! and Sony Pictures Classics’ Miles Ahead outshined their new counterparts as they took on additional locations. SPC added 21 runs for Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, grossing over $227K, averaging $9,096. Paramount added 44 theaters for Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!! for week 2. The title grossed $510K in 63 theaters, averaging just over $8K.
In its third weekend, IFC Films added 27 runs for Born To Be Blue with decent results. Starring Ethan Hawke, the feature grossed $108,100, averaging $2,300. Last weekend, it averaged $4,260 in 20 theaters. It has cumed over $411K. The distributor’s Sundance Selects label added 10 theaters for doc City Of Gold’s 5th weekend, grossing $60K ($1,200 average) for a $481,392 cume.
Warner Bros. added 435 theaters for Jeff Nicols’ Midnight Special in its fourth weekend. In 493 theaters, the film grossed a solid $1,156,000, averaging $2,345. Its cume is now just under $2.3 million.
Bleecker Street took Eye In The Sky to an additional 60 locations for its fifth frame, also holding well. Eye grossed over $2.8 million, averaging $2,598. Last weekend, the war thriller starring Helen Mirren grossed just over $4M, averaging $3,941.
Also in its firth weekend, A24’s Remember crossed $1 million. In 49 theaters, it grossed $74K, averaging $1,510.
And Open Road’s 2016 Oscar Best Picture winner Spotlight is still in theaters and is getting close to a new cumulative threshold. The film grossed $85,602 now in its 24th weekend in theaters, averaging $764. Its cume as of Sunday afternoon is at just over $44.73 million.
Demolition (Fox Searchlight) NEW [854 Theaters] Weekend $1,125,000, Average $1,317
High Strung (Paladin) NEW [100 Theaters] Weekend $45,255, Average $453
The Invitation (Drafthouse Films) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $67,739, Average $6,774
Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $24,341, Average $6,085
Mr. Right (Focus World) NEW [35 Theaters] Weekend $25K, Average $714
Neon Bull (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,133
Vita: The Spirit Of Hannah Arendt (Zeitgieist) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $13,444, Cume $18,668 (Wed. Open)
Chongqing Hot Pot (China Lion) Week 2 [46 Theaters] Weekend $235K, Average $5,109, Cume $524,987
The Dark Horse (Broad Green Pictures) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,991, Average $2,330, Cume $18,916
Everybody Wants Some!! (Paramount) Week 2 [63 Theaters] Weekend $1510K, Average $8,095, Cume $974K
Francofonia (Music Box Films) Week 2 [3 Theaters] Weekend $20K, Average $6,667, Cume $52,640
Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [25 Theaters] Weekend $227,411, Average $9,096, Cume $377,374
Standing Tall (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,612, Average $3,306, Cume $18,033
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe (Cinema Libre) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $7K
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Born To Be Blue (IFC Films) Week 3 [47 Theaters] Weekend $108,100, Average $2,300, Cume $411,311
I Saw The Light (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [548 Theaters] Weekend $307,195, Average $561, Cume $1,357,778
Midnight Special (Warner Bros.) Week 4 [493 Theaters] Weekend $1,156,000, Average $2,345, Cume $2,299,736
City Of Gold (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [50 Theaters] Weekend $60K, Average $1,200, Cume. $481,392
Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) Week 5 [1,089 Theaters] Weekend $2,829,207, Average $2,598, Cume $10,405,889
Kapoor & Sons (FIP) Week 5 [69 Theaters] Weekend $137,500, Average $1,993, Cume $2,583,315
Lolo (FilmRise Releasing) Week 5 [3 Theater] Weekend $1,500, Average $500, Cume $17,145
Marguerite (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [42 Theaters] Weekend $71,677, Average $1,707, Cume $17,145
Remember (A24) Week 5 [49 Theaters] Weekend $74K, Average $1,510, Cume $1,030,910
Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) Week 5 [979 Theaters] Weekend $1,614,500, Average $1,628, Cume $9,385,769
Knight Of Cups (Broad Green Pictures) Week 6 [14 Theaters] Weekend $9,227, Average $659, Cume $540,327
Triple Nine (Open Road Films) Week 7 [62 Theaters] Weekend $23,306, Average $376, Cume $12,624,553
Embrace Of The Serpent (Oscilloscope) Week 8 [36 Theaters] Weekend $51K, Average $1,417, Cume $1,169,378
Where To Invade Next (Drafthouse Films) Week 9 [51 Theaters] Weekend $32,590, Average $639, Cume $3,766,212
Rams (Cohen Media Group) Week 10 [4 Theaters] Weekend $3,006, Average $752, Cume $142,031
The Lady In The Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [104 Theaters] Weekend $100,952, Average $971, Cume $9,630,252
Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) Week 20 [1 Theater] Weekend $650, Cume $402,381
Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 24 [112 Theaters] Weekend $85,602, Average $764, Cume $44,733,014