Deadheads toked to Long Strange Trip: the Untold Story of The Grateful Dead in its theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles over the Memorial Day weekend on the heels of one-night event screenings leading up to the holiday. The film, by Amir Bar-Lev and released by Amazon Studios/Abramorama, grossed $34,131 in two theaters. The company also released fellow documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan in two locations Friday, doing a pretty solid $21,127.
Long Strange Trip by Amir Bar-Lev is having a good weekend run following popular event screenings in select venues last week. Abramorama, which is handling theatrical for the title spotlighting the Grateful Dead ahead of its availability starting next weekend via Amazon Prime, grossed $34,131 in New York and L.A. The title played on two screens in each venue, which was helpful given its nearly four-hour running time.That gave Long Strange Trip a robust $17,066 PTA, one of the best averages for a documentary this year. Oscilloscope’s successful Kedi opened in February on one screen grossing over $40K and has cumed $2.65M to date. Magnolia’s I Am Not Your Negro averaged a stellar $15,962 in 43 theaters in its opening frame and has cumed over $7.11M.
“It’s great. The fans came out and the support from Amazon was thorough,” Abramorama head Richard Abramowitz said Sunday. “The reviews were good, and [our staff] did great outreach. Everyone looked long and hard so that the people who needed to know about the film knew about it.” Abramowitz said New York had the edge over L.A. in its showings. Among the event screenings ahead of the weekend, Red Rocks outside Denver, the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, — which Jerry Garcia called one of his favorite places to play — as well as showings in San Rafael, CA, were standouts. Landmark also showed the title at 11 of its theaters on Thursday, grossing about $40K.
Long Strange Trip, however, will only continue its qualifying runs in New York and Los Angeles before being available on Amazon.
Abramorama also opened doc Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan in two New York locations Friday to a decent start. The feature about prima ballerina Wendy Whelan by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger took in $21,127, averaging $10,564. “The press has been really good with this,” Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz said.“The ballet community had a great reaction. We worked with dance and ballet schools to get the word out.” Abramorama will take Restless Creature to Los Angeles and the Bay Area on June 9 and will expand to cities throughout the country throughout June and into July.
After screening The Women’s Balcony in Los Angeles and South Florida in March, Mensmsah Films brought the Israeli comedy to two New York locations, grossing $19,495 Friday to Sunday, averaging $9,748. The company said Sunday that it was the No. 1 film at Lincoln Plaza on Manhattan’s Upper West Side over the weekend. “This bodes well for our plans to release The Women’s Balcony in the top 25 markets in North America,” said Menemsha’s Neil A. Friedman. “We open five additional cities on June 16 and will continue to open additional markets immediately thereafter.”
Opening with less zest was Berlin Syndrome. The Sundance thriller by Australian Cate Shortland grossed $23,300 in 25 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $932.
No second-weekend holdovers reported grosses as of Sunday morning.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Paris Can Wait held solid in a third-weekend expansion. Starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, the feature grossed $456,692 in the three-day period, averaging $6,524, down about 26% from last weekend’s $8,854 PTA in 23 theaters. Paris Can Wait has cumed over $860K.
Lowriders from BH Tilt handily crossed $5M in its third weekend, grossing $539,900 in 334 theaters, down from last weekend’s 365 locations. The film averaged $1,616 Friday to Sunday (-49%), bringing its total as of Sunday to over $5.12M. Last weekend, the feature grossed over $1.16M, averaging $3,183.
FilmRise added three runs for Manifesto with Cate Blanchett. The title, which is based on an art installation, grossed $10K, averaging $2,500. Last weekend the feature debuted in a single location, grossing $7K. It has cumed $41,790.
Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions’ The Wall shed over 450 runs from the previous weekend. Now in its third frame, the title grossed just under $30K in 71 theaters, averaging $422. Last weekend it grossed over $321K in 524 locations, averaging $612. The Wall has cumed over $1.76M.
Faring much better in its third weekend, however, is Roadside Attractions’ The Wedding Plan, which added 41 runs over last weekend. The film grossed over $311K in 95 theaters, averaging $3,275, which is actually a slight jump over its previous weekend PTA. The title grossed nearly $173K the weekend prior, averaging $3,210. It has cumed $595,648.
Richard Gere’s Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer crossed $3M over the weekend. In 324 locations, it grossed over $503K, averaging $1,554, down just about 7% from last weekend’s $1,665 average in 373 theaters.
And Focus Features’ The Zookeeper’s Wife with Jessica Chastain headed into Memorial weekend having just crossed $17M. In its ninth weekend of release, the title grossed $155,445, averaging $942 in 165 locations, giving it an estimated cume as of Sunday of $17,118,016.
Berlin Syndrome (Vertical Entertainment) NEW [25 Theaters] Weekend $23,300, (4-day estimate: $28,600), Average $932 (4-day: $1,144)
Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead (Amazon Studios/Abramorama) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $34,131, Average $17,066, Cume $295,703 (Includes one-night event screenings)
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (Abramorama) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $21,127, Average $10,564, Cume $30,354 (Wed. Open)
The Women’s Balcony (Menemsha Films) NEW (Had showings in L.A. and South Florida in March) [2 Theaters] Weekend $19,495 (4-day estimate: $24,490), Average $9,748 (4-day average: $12,245), Cume $304,490
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Lowriders (BH Tilt) Week 3 [334 Theaters] Weekend $539,900, Average $1,616, Cume $5,128,035
Manifesto (FilmRise) Week 3 [4 Theater] Weekend $10,000, Average $2,500, Cume $41,790
Paris Can Wait (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [70 Theaters] Weekend $456,692, Average $6,524, Cume $860,635
The Wall (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 3 [71 Theaters] Weekend $29,975, Average $422, Cume $1,769,011
The Wedding Plan (Roadside Attractions) Week 3 [95 Theaters] Weekend $311,150, Average $3,275, Cume $595,648
The Dinner (The Orchard) Week 4 [20 Theaters] Weekend $8,676, Average $434, Cume $1,308,937
The Lovers (A24) Week 4 [443 Theaters] Weekend $665,165 (4-day estimate: $875,080), Average $1,502 (4-day estimate: $1,975), Cume $1,522,539
Risk (Neon) Week 4 [7 Theaters] Weekend $5,693 (4-day estimate: $6,944), Average $813 (4-day estimate: $992), Cume $187,973
Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Abramorama) Week 5 [3 Theater] Weekend $5,628, Average $1,876, Cume $39,585
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (The Orchard) Week 6 [13 Theaters] Weekend $7,854, Average $604, Cume $181,239
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Abramorama) Week 7 [11 Theater] Weekend $12,890, Average $1,172, Cume $254,110
The Lost City of Z (Bleecker Street) Week 7 [121 Theaters] Weekend $129,998 (4-day estimate: $160,220), Average $1,074, Cume $8,238,249
Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [324 Theaters] Weekend $503,556, Average $1,554, Cume $3,009,782
Colossal (Neon) Week 8 [52 Theaters] Weekend $35,335 (4-day estimate: $43,644), Average $680 (4-day: $839), Cume $2,946,526
Their Finest (EuropaCorp Films/STXfilms) Week 8 [107 Theaters] Weekend $130,000 (4-day estimate: $180,000), Average $1,215 (4-day: $1,682), Cume $3,430,000
Truman (FilmRise Releasing) Week 8 [5 Theaters] Weekend $7,000, Average $1,400, Cume $197,950
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features) Week 9 [165 Theaters] Weekend $155,445, Average $942, Cume $17,118,016
Kedi (Oscilloscope) Week 16 [16 Theaters] Weekend $13,750, Average $859, Cume $2,651,860