Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000.
The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters. Some like A Ghost Story ($141K this weekend), Paris Can Wait ($5.44M cume) and The Beguiled ($10M cume) have seen some success on that front. The Big Sick from Amazon Studios/Lionsgate opened in limited release in a torrent but has now gone wide, racking up more than $24.5M to date.
Roadside Attractions added runs for Lady Macbeth in its second frame this weekend, grossing more than $123K. Gunpowder & Sky’s Medieval nun caper The Little Hours is edging close to $1M one month into its release, as is Menemsha Films’ The Women’s Balcony.
Writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s Landline bowed in four New York and Los Angeles locations Friday. The comedy grossed $52,336, averaging $13,084, the second-best per theater average of the weekend in the overall box office after Dunkirk, though that title of course played far more runs. Amazon Studios partnered with Magnolia Pictures for the Sundance debut, targeting audiences looking for big screen attractions outside studio fare.
“Gillian Robespierre and her talented filmmaking team have delivered a welcome alternative for summer audiences,” said Bob Berney Head of Marketing and Distribution for Amazon Studios. “Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn are wonderful in this return to the ‘90s.”
Magnolia said Sunday Landline will head to 35 theaters in ten markets next Friday en route to about 250 locations in the coming weeks.
Valerian was not the only French production to have rolled into U.S. theaters this weekend. Music Box Films opened The Midwife, starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet, in three locations with a somewhat tepid start. The Midwife grossed $20,250, giving it a $6,750 PTA. The Midwife has been a popular offering in France where it cumed nearly $5M since opening in spring. Music Box said it “saw a window of opportunity at several art house locations in late July,” but will hold off on adding other top markets until early September.
Russian/Estonian drama The Fencer opened with two runs via CFI. The title took in $5,400 ($2,700 PTA).
As of mid-day Sunday, only Roadside Attractions’ Lady Macbeth reported week 2 numbers. Roadside added 35 theaters for the title’s second frame grossing $123,140 from 40 locations, averaging $6,750 (-51%). The title opened last weekend in five locations grossing nearly $69K ($13,762 average). Adapted from the 19th century novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsenk by Nikolai Leskov and starring newcomer Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth has cumed $219,420.
A24 added 23 runs for A Ghost Story in its third weekend, still holding its own. In 43 locations, the feature grossed $141,438, averaging $3,289. A Ghost Story grossed over $146K in 20 theaters last weekend, averaging $7,322. It has cumed $480,478.
Sony Classics added 10 theaters for 13 Minutes, marking its first full month in release. The title had a slow weekend, however, grossing just under $12K in 19 locations, averaging $631. 13 Minutes averaged $1,182 from nine runs the weekend prior. It has cumed $74,540. SPC’s Maudie, meanwhile crossed $4M worldwide, according to the distributor. The feature also went over seven figures this past week. Stateside, Maudie grossed $383,801 in 227 theaters (up from 93 in the U.S. last weekend), bringing its domestic gross to $1.4M.
Gunpowder & Sky blessed an additional 9 locations with its ‘nuns gone wild’ pic The Little Hours in its fourth weekend. In a total of 114 theaters, the feature starring Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza and John C. Reilly took in $162,530 Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,426. The weekend prior, it grossed over $318K in 105 locations ($3,033 average). The Little Hours should cross $1M in the coming days. Its cume as of Sunday is estimated at over $971K.
Sofia Coppola’s Cannes premiere The Beguiled went over eight figures this weekend, landing at $10.1M. In 331 theaters, the title starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning grossed $251,600, averaging $760. Last weekend it took in over $934K for a $1,287 PTA. The title’s eight-figure cume may be its final major box office milestone, though it is one of the only summer specialties to reach the eight-figure threshold.
Now 21 weeks into a non-consecutive run in theaters, Menemsha Films’ The Women’s Balcony is poised to cross $1M this coming week. The feature grossed $34,469 in 22 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,568, bringing its cume as of Sunday to an estimated $978,263.
The Fencer (CFI) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $5,400, Average $2,700
Landline (Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $52,336, Average $13,084
The Midwife (Music Box Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $20,250, Average $6,750
Lady Macbeth (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [40 Theaters] Weekend $123,140, Average $3,079, Cume $219,420
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
City of Ghosts (Amazon Studios/IFC Films/A&E Indie Films) Week 3 [18 Theaters] Weekend $18,216, Average $1,012, Cume $73,216
A Ghost Story (A24) Week 3 [43 Theaters] Weekend $141,438, Average $3,289, Cume $480,478
13 Minutes (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [19 Theaters] Weekend $11,984, Average $631, Cume $74,540
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Photography (Neon) Week 4 [25 Theaters] Weekend $16,265, Average $651, Cume $94,584
The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 4 [114 Theaters] Weekend $162,530, Average $1,426, Cume $971,637
Bad Batch (Neon) Week 5 [3 Theaters] Weekend $1,735, Average $578, Cume $181,061
The Beguiled (Focus Features) Week 5 [331 Theaters] Weekend $251,600, Average $760, Cume $10,155,034
The Big Sick (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) Week 5 [2,597 Theaters] Weekend $5,000,000, Average $1,925, Cume $24,539,378
My Journey Through French Cinema (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [3 Theaters] Weekend $594, Average $198, Cume $46,428
Lost In Paris (Oscilloscope) Week 6 [42 Theaters] Weekend $61,500, Average $1,464, Cume $242,176
Maudie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [227 Theaters] Weekend $383,801, Average $1,691, Cume $1,401,762
Beatriz At Dinner (Roadside Attractions/FilmNation) Week 7 [116 Theaters] Weekend $114,342, Average $986, Cume $6,706,185
The Hero (The Orchard) Week 7 [191 Theaters] Weekend $145,214, Average $760, Cume $3,705,015
Churchill (Cohen Media Group) Week 8 [8 Theaters] Weekend $4,150, Average $519, Cume $1,255,480
Love, Kennedy (Purdie Distribution) Week 8 [14 Theaters] Weekend $11,796, Average $843, Cume $305,129
Paris Can Wait (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [66 Theaters] Weekend $53,784, Average $815, Cume $5,448,570
Manifesto (FilmRise) Week 11 [3 Theaters] Weekend $1,800, Average $600, Cume $153,133
The Women’s Balcony (Menemsha Films) Week 21 (non-consecutive) [22 Theaters] Weekend $34,469, Average $1,568, Cume $978,263