This weekend gold turns to green, with A24 wasting no time expanding Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture winner Moonlight into wide release. The feature grossed over $2.52M in 1,564 theaters, more than double last week’s count. Israeli pic The Women’s Balcony debuted well in two theaters, grossing just over $18K. Oscar-nominated animation pic My Life As a Zucchini expanded, taking in $44K. Fox Searchlight’s comedy Table 19 with Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow grossed over $1.57M in 868 theaters, while Bleecker Street’s The Last Word opened in four locations grossing $35K. And in an exclusive engagement, Abramorama’s Love & Taxes grossed $1,766.

Moonlight took its trio of Oscar wins including Best Picture to the bank, expanding to well over fifteen hundred theaters over the weekend, more than the past two Best Picture winners, Spotlight and Birdman, by a few hundred. Moonlight grossed $2.5M in a total of 1,564 theaters, averaging $1,618. The gross brought Moonlight’s total to over $25.3M. Post Oscar Best Picture win last year, Open Road’s Spotlight grossed over $1.76M in 1,227 theaters the weekend after the Academy Awards, averaging $1,439. The film went on to cume over $45M. Searchlight’s Birdman capitalized on its win in 1,213 theaters, grossing over $1.9M ($1,586 average). It went on to cume $42.3M, so Moonlight has a ways to go before meeting its brethren.

Noted A24 Sunday morning: “Barry Jenkins’ modern-day masterpiece, which also won Oscars for screenplay and supporting actor, and was made for just $1.5M, has also climbed to the top of the charts on all other cable and digital platforms domestically, while also continuing to excel overseas in the early days of the international theatrical rollout.”

Directing - La La Land

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is still the Specialty box office winner among the nominees. It has of course been in wide release for weeks, but it started out as a Specialty, bowing in early December in just nine locations taking the year’s highest per theater average at $176K ($881K first weekend gross). La La Land grossed $2.9M this weekend in 1,411 theaters, averaging a solid $2,108 in its thirteenth weekend in theaters. It has cumed $145M.

Among the weekend’s openers, Menemsha’s Israeli feature The Women’s Balcony had the highest PTA. The title opened at two Laemmle theaters in Los Angeles, grossing $18K, averaging $9,037. The film had 450,000 admissions in Israel which is the biggest box office for any film in Israel in the last five years, Menemsha touted Sunday. The distributor will take the title to south Florida Friday and it will head to New York in late spring.

Fox Searchlight’s comedy Table 19 rolled into 868 locations throughout North America Friday. The company said Sunday that it did what they expected over the weekend, grossing $1.575M for a PTA of $1,815. Bleecker Street, meanwhile, opened Sundance pic The Last Word with Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried in four locations. The feature grossed $35K, averaging $8,905. And Abramorama opened Love & Taxes from the Kornbluth brothers in a single location, grossing $1,766.

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Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions shed 43 runs for Bitter Harvest in its second frame. The title grossed $94K in 84 theaters, averaging $1,128, though its PTA was down by about 30% from the previous weekend’s $1,631. Gkids’ animated Oscar-nominee My Life As a Zucchini grossed $44K in 29 theaters, averaging $1,542 in its second weekend. Last week it bowed in two locations grossing $28K ($14,103 average). It has cumed $78K.

This year’s collection of Oscar-nominated shorts is closing in on its 2016 total. The 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films played 272 runs in its fourth weekend grossing $443K, averaging a solid $2,079. Last year, the shorts cumed $2.8M at the box office and its tally for this year is now $2.6M.

Fox Searchlight added 123 runs for A United Kingdom also in its fourth weekend. The feature with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike grossed $625K in 271 locations averaging $2,306. Last weekend, the feature grossed $548K in 148 theaters, averaging $3,703. A United Kingdom has cumed over $1.8M.

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The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Co.’s Lion had a $2.2M weekend, taking its cume to $46.6M, with a PTA $1746 that beats Moonlight‘s $1,618.

Oscilloscope added 41 runs for its popular cat doc Kedi in week 4. In 54 theaters, the Turkish-produced pic grossed $234K, averaging a cool $4,346. It has cumed $577K.

After Manchester By the Sea’s Casey Affleck took home the Oscar for Best Actor, the feature marked its fourth month in theatrical release Friday, grossing $259K over the weekend in 387 theaters. It has cumed $47M.

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Bleecker Street

NEW RELEASES

The Last Word (Bleecker Street) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $35,620, Average $8,905

Love & Taxes (Abramorama) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $1,766

Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) NEW [868 Theaters] Weekend $1,575,000, Average $1,815

The Women’s Balcony (Menemsha) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $18,074, Average $9,037

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND

Bitter Harvest (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [84 Theaters] Weekend $94,800, Average $1,128, Cume $392,608

My Life As A Zucchini (GKIDS) Week 2 [29 Theaters] Weekend $44,728, Average $1,542, Cume $78,893

HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS

Everybody Loves Somebody (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 3 [60 Theaters] Weekend $65,000, Average $1,083, Cume $1,829,042

2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (ShortsHD/Magnolia Pictures) Week 4 [272 Theaters] Weekend $443,836, Average $2,079, Cume $2,649,721

A United Kingdom Review
Fox Searchlight

A United Kingdom (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [271 Theaters] Weekend $625,000, Average $2,306, Cume $1,807,249

Kedi (Oscilloscope) Week 4 [54 Theater] Weekend $234,700, Average $4,346, Cume $577,510

Land Of Mine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [20 Theaters] Weekend $40,280, Average $2,014, Cume $114,411

Chapter & Verse (Paladin) Week 5 [1 Theater] Weekend $4,098, Cume $78,068

Mr. Gaga (Abramorama) Week 5 [4 Theaters] Weekend $6,814, Average $1,703, Cume $122,393

Un Padre No Tan Padre (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 6 [23 Theaters] Weekend $17,000, Average $739, Cume $2,139,033

The Founder (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [78 Theaters] Weekend $66,000, Average $846, Cume $12,484,543

The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [64 Theaters] Weekend $49,843, Average $779, Cume $691,111

Paterson (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 10 [44 Theaters] Weekend $55,631, Average $1,264, Cume $1,795,446

Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [63 Theaters] Weekend $63,096, Average $1,002, Cume $1,286,811

La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 13 [1,411 Theaters] Weekend $2,975,000, Average $1,411, Cume $145,684,362

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Fox Searchlight

Jackie (Fox Searchlight) Week 14 [70 Theaters] Weekend $48,500, Average $693, Cume $13,837,559

Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 15 [1,260 Theaters], Weekend $2,200,000, Average $1,746, Cume $46,590,550

Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 16 [387 Theaters] Weekend $259,600, Average $670, Cume $47,344,032

Moonlight (A24) Week 20 [1,564 Theaters] Weekend $2,529,926, Average $1,618, Cume $25,382,307