The new year is certainly not making a spectacle of itself on the Specialty side. Some Oscar contenders are still making a show of it, but newcomers are mostly flat at best. A24’s Moonlight had some shine over the weekend following its Golden Globes win for best drama, adding several hundred theaters over last weekend. The film grossed over $1.1 million. Lionsgate’s Golden Globe fave La La Land remains the Specialty box office darling as it goes further into wide release, grossing $14.5M for the weekend. Sony Classics’ Elle won two Globes last weekend and also cashed in with added runs, grossing over $300K. And though it did not take home an award last weekend, Jackie nevertheless is showing zest as it closes in on two months in release, crossing $10M.
Newcomers were slow at best. FIP had the most theaters among the limited release crowd over the Martin Luther King Weekend with India’s OK Jaanu. The drama-romance grossed $244K in 121 theaters, averaging just over two thousand dollars and an estimated holiday weekend cume of $275K. OK Jaanu follows Adi, a young game designer who dreams of emigrating to the US and living the American dream, something that will have new meaning in the coming week. The film is a collaboration between two big filmmakers from the sub-continent, Karan Johar and Mani Ratnam, which FIP was hoping would draw attention. The title also has music from AR Rahman, who took home Oscars for his work on Slumdog Millionaire. FIP said this past week the title will likely be in about the same number of locations in the coming weeks.
FilmRise opened doc Reset about lauded choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who worked on Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. In two locations, the feature grossed just over $2K. FilmRise said Sunday it will head to Boston and Santa Fe next week and that it will be “aggressively seeking to book the film” in additional markets.
Electric Entertainment did not report grosses for its title The Book of Love with Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser as of Sunday.
Annapurna/A24’s 20th Century Women hit an additional 19 locations beyond last weekend. The film starring Annette Bening, Elle Faning and Greta Gerwig grossed a three-day $307,571, averaging a decent $10,606 in its third weekend, down about 25% from its $14,282 average last week in 43 theaters. 20th Century Women will go wide next weekend. It has cumed over $826K. The feature also had the second-highest per theater average as of early Sunday. Cinema Libre’s Greek drama Worlds Apart, which took in $14K in a single location. The film’s website notes that the title grossed $5.5M at home in Greece.
Amazon/Bleecker Street doubled the number of theaters for Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson in its third weekend. In 14 theaters, it grossed $95,287, averaging $6,806. Last weekend the title starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani grossed over $70K from seven runs, averaging just over $10K.
Golden Globes’ Best Musical or Comedy winner La La Land continues to be a star in the box office, now in its second weekend of wide release, taking in $14.5M Friday to Sunday with a 4-day estimate of $17.5M, giving it a four-day average of $9,470. La La Land is sashaying its way to nine figures, currently topping in at just over $77M.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Elle by Paul Verhoeven won the Globe in the foreign category and was a bit of an upset with the win by Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress in the drama category at the awards last weekend. Elle grossed $314,471 in 209 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,505. The SPC release played an additional 173 locations this weekend. Elle grossed just over $50K last week in 36 locations. It has now cumed over $1.37M.
Fox Searchlight’s Jackie remained in 353 theaters in its seventh weekend, still holding well. The Natalie Portman-starrer grossed $715K, averaging just over $2K. Last week it grossed $1M in the same number of runs, averaging $2,833 (-29%). Jackie has cumed over $10.62M.
Manchester By the Sea grossed over $1.74M Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,403 in 726 locations, a PTA jump over last weekend. The title starring Golden Globe winner Casey Affleck grossed over $2.47M last weekend in 1,054. Manchester By the Sea has now cumed just over $36.9M.
And let’s give it up for Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, which left some mouths gaping as it picked up its win for best pic in the drama category last Sunday. Moonlight took in a three-day $1.1 million in 582 theaters averaging $1,897. Its four-day estimate is just over $1.39M. It has cumed over $14.89M in theaters in 13 weeks.
OK Jaanu (FIP) NEW [121 Theaters] Weekend $244K, Average $2,017, Cume $275K (4-day)
Reset (FilmRise) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $2,088, Average $1,044
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
20th Century Women (Annapurna/A24) Week 3 [29 Theaters] Weekend $307,571, Average $10,606, Cume $826,219
Paterson (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 3 [14 Theaters] Weekend $95,287, Average $6,806, Cume $355,889
A Monster Calls (Focus Features) Week 4 [1,513 Theaters] Weekend $642,885 (4-day), Average $425, Cume $3,466,513 (4-day)
Julieta (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [29 Theaters] Weekend $132,345, Average $4,564, Cume $516,158
Silence (Paramount Pictures) Week 4 [747 Theaters] Weekend $1,940,000, Average $2,597, Cume $3,382,000
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [5 Theaters] Weekend $40,966, Average $8,193, Cume $216,816
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 5 [15 Theaters] Weekend $40,785, Average $2,719, Cume $267,576
La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 6 [1,848 Theaters] Weekend $14,500,000 ($17,500,00 – 4-day), Average $9,470 (4-day), Cume $77,081,569 (4-day)
Jackie (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [353 Theaters] Weekend $715K, Average $2,025, Cume $10,623,089
Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 8 [575 Theaters], Weekend $2,256,000, Average $3,923, Cume $13,298,604
Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 9 [726 Theaters] Weekend $1,744,650, Average $2,403, Cume $36,906,650
Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features) Week 9 [54 Theaters] Weekend $86,405 (4-day), Average $1,600, Cume $10.577,568 (4-day)
Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [209 Theaters] Weekend $314,471, Average $1,505, Cume $1,378,829
The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [82 Theaters] Weekend $92,393, Average $1,188, Cume $2,609,949
Loving (Focus Features) Week 12 [41 Theaters] Weekend $35,150 (4-day), Average $857, Cume $7,658,585 (4-day)
Moonlight (A24) Week 13 [582 Theaters] Weekend $1,104,140, Average $1,897, Cume $14,894,898