A24’s comedy The Lovers starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as well as Janus Films’ restored 1979 Soviet-era sci-fi drama Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky had top per theater averages in the first weekend of May, while The Orchard’s The Dinner with Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan was by far the widest open among the Specialties. The Lovers grossed $70,410 in four locations, while Stalker technically landed with the highest PTA at $19,785 from its exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. The Dinner, meanwhile grossed over $755K in 505 theaters, the biggest roll-out to date for The Orchard. The titles were among a crowded group of Specialty newcomers this weekend. Neon opened Oscar-winner Laura Poitras’ Wikileaks doc Risk in 34 locations, taking in $75,179, while IFC Films launched Chuck with Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts in several locations grossing $40,416. The Weinstein Company opened 3 Generations at $20,118 from six runs and Abramorama bowed Mr. Chibbs in a single run, taking in $3,640. The Orchard also opened Duplass brothers-produced Take Me in two locations grossing $3,258. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion continued to lure audiences in its second weekend, grossing over $3.24M in 418 theaters, by far the biggest grosser among the weekend’s slate of limited releases. Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street’s The Lost City of Z took in over a million dollars in its fourth weekend, and Neon’s Colossal crossed $2.5M in its fifth weekend.
The new digital restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 Russian-language feature Stalker opened with an exclusive run at New York’s Walter Reade Theater Friday to sell-out showings. The Janus Films release grossed $19,785, the best PTA of the weekend among the Specialties and second-best overall following Disney’s Guardians Of the Galaxy ($33,368 PTA). The title will be heading to locations around the country in coming weeks.
“This stellar opening for Stalker confirms that Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi epic is a holy grail for arthouse audiences,” commented Peter Becker, President of the Criterion Collection & Partner in Janus Films Sunday. “Years in the making, this meticulous new restoration finally does justice to the haunting power and mysterious beauty of one of the masterpieces of world cinema that has been hardest to see in a decent print. We are thrilled with this start to our national release, and we have every reason to expect similarly enthusiastic crowds at independent theaters all across the country.”
A24’s The Lovers by Azazel Jacobs had a solid start in four locations. Starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, the title grossed $70,410, averaging $17,603. A24 said the title had “terrific Friday to Saturday increases in core runs like The Landmark in L.A. and Lincoln Plaza,” adding that the film “marks the triumphant return of Debra Winger in a leading role alongside her terrific co-star Tracy Letts. The two received universal critical praise for their performances as a long-married couple slowly falling back in lust in this decidedly adult romantic comedy.” The Lovers will roll out into additional top markets next weekend and continue to platform throughout May and will play well into the summer.
The Orchard launched The Dinner in 505 theaters Friday, the distributor’s widest roll-out to date. Based on a novel by Herman Koch, The Dinner grossed over $755K, averaging $1,496. The company said earlier this week it may hold off on expanding at least for the time-being, noting that films may maximize gross by remaining in relatively fewer locations. Its successful 2016 release Hunt For the Wilderpeople never played more than 200 theaters at any one time, but grossed $5.2M.
“The book is an international bestseller,” said The Orchard’s Paul Davidson this week. “The success of that book has driven films internationally, but none have been done in English. This is our largest release to date, so this marks a milestone. It’s exciting for us.”
Neon opened Laura Poitras’ Risk, the distributor’s second release since launching earlier this year. Risk, which focuses on Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, took in $75,179 in 34 locations, averaging $2,211. Neon co-founder Tom Quinn’s previous label, RADiUS, released Poitras’ Oscar-winning 2014 documentary, Citizenfour, which grossed $126,321 in just five locations ($25,264 average) its first weekend in October that year. The title went on to cume over $2.8M.
IFC Films opened Chuck starring Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts in four locations over the weekend. Chuck grossed $40,416, averaging a solid $10,104. IFC Films said that the title “more than doubled” its Friday to Saturday gross, indicating good word-of-mouth for the title. “I think the fact that the numbers doubled…showed great word of mouth and a film that will get traction with audiences,” commented IFC Films’ Mark Boxer Sunday. “Obviously, it’s the time of the summer blockbusters to start but we feel Chuck will find its audience as we build to a wider release on a Memorial Day weekend.”
Among other weekend debuts, Abramorama opened Mr. Chibbs at IFC Center in a 60-seat theater. It grossed $3,640. The film will open in Atlanta on May 19 and also have a number of one-night event screenings around the country throughout May and June. Kino Lorber bowed A Woman’s Life in two locations taking in $11,513 ($5,756 average). The feature will head to Los Angeles May 12 and then begin a national roll out May 19. And The Orchard gave Take Me directed by and starring Pat Healy and Taylor Schilling in two locations. The title grossed $3,258 ($1,629 average) though it was available via iTunes and other on-demand platforms starting last Tuesday.
Bollywood title Baahubali 2: The Conclusion held solid in its second frame after opening last weekend with a gross of over $10.13M in 425 theaters, averaging $31,281. For week 2, the Great India Film release played 418 locations, taking in over $3.24M, averaging $7,757 (-75%). The feature has cumed over $16.17M.
Kino Lorber added one run for its documentary Obit in its second weekend. Obit grossed $13,386, averaging $4,462 (-49%). Last weekend, the title grossed $17,407 in two theaters, averaging $8,703. It has cumed an estimated $54K as of Sunday.
IFC Films added 16 runs for doc Citizen Jane: Battle For the City in its third weekend of release. In a total of 22 theaters, the title grossed $44K, averaging $2K. Last weekend it grossed over $30K in six locations ($5,020 average). Citizen Jane’s cume is now nearly $136K.
Fellow doc Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent from The Orchard played 11 more runs vs. last weekend. The feature grossed $28,168 in 27 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,043. Jeremiah Tower grossed over $36K last weekend in 16 locations ($2,266 average). Its three week cume is over $111K.
Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street’s The Lost City of Z took in over $1.06M ($1,303 average) in 815 theaters, 51 runs fewer than the previous weekend. Z grossed over $1.7M in 866 locations the weekend prior, averaging $2K. The film’s four-week cume is now over $6.64M.
Sony Classics’ Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer with Richard Gere crossed seven figures in its fourth frame. In 125 locations, the title grossed over $481K Friday to Sunday, averaging $3,852. Last weekend, Norman grossed over $235K in just 47 locations ($5,013 average).
Music Box expanded Cynthia Nixon starrer A Quiet Passion to 79 theaters also in its fourth weekend. The title grossed $156,554, averaging $1,982. A Quiet Passion took in over $86K the weekend prior, averaging $2,167. Music Box said the feature will continue to expand on May 12 with approximately 50 new engagements nationwide.
Neon’s Colossal with Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis crossed $2.5M over the weekend. Colossal grossed $200,200 ($827 average) in 242 locations, down from 326 runs last weekend.
And Focus Features’ The Zookeeper’s Wife with Jessica Chastain is closing in on $16M. The feature grossed nearly $540K in 655 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $824 for a six-week cume of over $15.8M.
3 Generations (The Weinstein Company) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $20,118, Average $3,353
Chuck (IFC Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $40,416, Average $10,104
The Dinner (The Orchard) NEW [505 Theaters] Weekend $755,348, Average $1,496
The Lovers (A24) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $70,410, Average $17,603
Mr. Chibbs (Abramorama) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,640
Risk (Neon) NEW [34 Theaters] Weekend $75,179, Average $2,211
Stalker (Janus Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $19,785
Take Me (The Orchard) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,258, Average $1,629
A Woman’s Life (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $11,513, Average $5,756
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Great India Films) Week 2 [418 Theaters] Weekend $3,242,532, Average $7,757, Cume $16,178,496
Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Abramorama) Week 2 [2 Theater] Weekend $4,830, Average $2,415, Cume $16,297
Battle Of Memories (China Lion) Week 2 [40 Theaters] Weekend $90,000, Average $2,250, Cume $426,702
Obit (Kino Lorber Films) Week 2 [3 Theaters] Weekend $13,386, Average $4,462, Cume $54,000
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Citizen Jane: Battle For the City (IFC Films) Week 3 [22 Theaters] Weekend $44,000, Average $2,000, Cume $135,857
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (The Orchard) Week 3 [27 Theaters] Weekend $28,168, Average $1,043, Cume $111,196
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Abramorama) Week 4 [17 Theater] Weekend $27,715, Average $1,630, Cume $150,762
Finding Oscar (FilmRise Releasing) Week 4 [4 Theater] Weekend $2,500, Average $625, Cume $21,314
The Lost City of Z (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 4 [815 Theaters] Weekend $1,062,276, Average $1,303, Cume $6,643,550
Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [125 Theaters] Weekend $481,467, Average $3,852, Cume $1,095,054
A Quiet Passion (Music Box Films) Week 4 [79 Theaters] Weekend $156,554, Average $1,982, Cume $488,488
Tommy’s Honour (Roadside Attractions) Week 4 [35 Theaters] Weekend $18,825, Average $537, Cume $533,355
All These Sleepless Nights (The Orchard) Week 5 [2 Theaters] Weekend $469, Average $235, Cume $20,402
Colossal (Neon) Week 5 [242 Theaters] Weekend $200,200, Average $827, Cume $2,500,627
Truman (FilmRise Releasing) Week 5 [14 Theaters] Weekend $12,000, Average $857, Cume $162,026
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features) Week 6 [655 Theaters] Weekend $539,715, Average $824, Cume $15,807,876
The Belko Experiment (OTL Releasing) Week 8 [69 Theaters] Weekend $24,830, Average $360, Cume $9,740,720
Frantz (Music Box Films) Week 8 [20 Theaters] Weekend $13,064, Average $653, Cume $838,623
Donald Cried (The Orchard) Week 10 [1 Theaters] Weekend $810, Cume $61,783
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 21 [2 Theaters] Weekend $570, Average $285, Cume $941,384