The Specialty box office had a good number of competing newcomers this Labor Day Weekend, but two titles did especially well as of Sunday. PBS Distribution’s Sundance documentary Dolores came in with the weekend’s best per theater average, though in just one location at $14,125, while IFC Films’ Viceroy’s House took in $44,736 in four theaters. Pantelion/Lionsgate’s Do It Like an Hombre bowed in 382 locations grossing $1.25M in the three-day. Other openers included Tulip Fever (765 theaters, $1,214,602); Valley of Bones (300 theaters, $101,962); The Vault (11 theaters, $4,700); A Boy Called Po (10 theaters, $1,675). Neon added runs for Beach Rats, holding fine with $44,607 from 8 runs Friday to Sunday. Oscilloscope added two locations for Polina in its second frame grossing $22K, while the 3D re-mastered Terminator 2: Judgment Day shed theaters in its second weekend, grossing $166,688.
Dolores was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival back in June and its theatrical roll out appears to have tapped some of that momentum. The doc was the first acquisition title released by PBS Distribution. Dolores played exclusively at IFC Center in New York, grossing $14,125.
“[Dolores] is so timely right now. We decided this should be our first major release,” said PBS Distribution’s Erin Owens earlier in the week. “I think it being Labor Day was a natural hook for us. Dolores herself is immensely popular, and she has a huge following. We find that when we screen it, there are more and more people following the film. Requests from exhibitors and the public have been great.”
Owens added that pre-sales of Dolores have been “selling like hotcakes” in California where the film will open next throughout the state. It will also add locations in other areas of the country including Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
IFC Films opened Gurinder Chada’s historical drama Viceroy’s House starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville as Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India closing out the Raj. The title had a pretty good start grossing $44,736 in four theaters, averaging $11,184. The film is also available on-demand.
“I feel it has an ability to expand,” said IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco this past week. “It’s a day and date release, so we’re going to try and get to those audiences wherever they may be. We’re messaging that it’s an upscale art house film that will satisfy all the elements of drama.”
Other openers that drew sizable audiences were Pantelion/Lionsgate’s Do It Like an Hombre, which played 382 theaters grossing 1.125M, averaging $2,945 in the three-day period, while TWC’s Tulip Fever opened in 765 locations, grossing over $1.2M for a $1,588 PTA.
Neon added five runs for Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats. In 8 theaters, the film starring Harris Dickinson grossed $44,607 Friday to Sunday, averaging $5,576. Beach Rats opened last weekend in three theaters taking in $45K for a $15K PTA. It has cumed $125,139.
FIP dropped five theaters for Bollywood title A Gentleman, playing 130 runs in its second frame. The feature grossed $90K, averaging $692 Friday to Sunday.
Oscilloscope added two theaters for French-Russian dance drama Polina in its second weekend in U.S. theaters. The film grossed $22K, averaging $5,500. In week one, Polina took in $13,250, averaging $6,625.
The 3D remastered Terminator 2: Judgment Day played 98 fewer theaters in its second weekend. T2 grossed $166,688 in 288 locations, averaging just $580. The remastered version opened in 386 theaters last weekend, grossing over $582K ($1,509 average).
Gravitas Ventures added 9 runs for California Typewriter in its third frame. The film grossed $31,292 in the three-day, averaging $2,845. The title bowed in two theaters last weekend grossing $16,336 for an $8,168 PTA.
Crown Heights from Amazon Studios/IFC Films jumped to 55 runs from its initial 10 in its debut. The title grossed $63,250 averaging $1,150. It took in $32,800 last weekend ($3,280 average). Crown Heights has cumed $147,250.
The Trip to Spain journeyed to 84 additional theaters in its fourth fame. The title grossed $224K in 140 locations averaging $1,600. Last weekend it averaged $2,358 in 56 locations from a $132K gross. Spain has cumed over $546K.
And self-released title Columbus by Kogonada and starring John Cho took in $106,070 in 29 theaters, continuing to be a solid performer in its fifth weekend. It averaged $3,658, which was actually higher than its PTA last weekend of $3,122. Columbus has cumed $375K.
A Boy Called Po (Freestyle Releasing) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $1,675, Average $168
Do It Like An Hombre (Pantelion/Lionsgate) NEW [382 Theaters] Weekend $1,125,000 (4-day estimate: $1,400,000), Average $2,945 (4-day Average: $3,665)
Dolores (PBS Distribution) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $14,125
I Do… Until I Don’t (The Film Arcade) NEW [165 Theaters] Weekend $177,692 (4-day estimate: $234,259), Average $1,077 (4-day Average: $1,420)
Tulip Fever (The Weinstein Company) NEW [765 Theaters] Weekend $1,214,602, Average $1,588
The Vault (FilmRise Releasing) NEW [11 Theaters] Weekend $4,700, Average $427
Valley of Bones (Smith Global Media) NEW [300 Theaters] Weekend $101,962, Average $340
Viceroy’s House (IFC Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $44,736, Average $11,184
Beach Rats (Neon) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $44,607 (4-day estimate: $56,312), Average $5,576 (4-day Average $7,039), Cume $125,139
A Gentleman (Fox International Productions) Week 2 [130 Theaters] Weekend $90,000, Average $692, Cume $365,075
Polina (Oscilloscope) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $22,000, Average $5,500, Cume $43,626
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (Distrib Films US) Week 2 [288 Theaters] Weekend $166,688, Average $580, Cume $920,500
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
California Typewriter (Gravitas Ventures) Week 3 [11 Theaters] Weekend $31,292 (4-day estimate: $40,392), Average $2,845 (4-day Average $3,672), Cume $65,482
Crown Heights (Amazon Studios/IFC Films) Week 3 [55 Theaters] Weekend $63,250, Average $1,150, Cume $147,250
Gook (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 3 [27 Theaters] Weekend $46,244, Average $1,713, Cume $180,602
Marjorie Prime (FilmRise) Week 3 [12 Theaters] Weekend $25,000, Average $2,083, Cume $91,490
Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [1,068 Theaters] Weekend $250,000 (4-day estimate: 315,000), Average $1,068 (4-day Average $1,06, Cume $603,276
Good Time (A24) Week 4 [635 Theaters] Weekend $312,039 (4-day estimate: $401,650), Average $491 (4-day Average: $633), Cume $1,715,252
Ingrid Goes West (Neon) Week 4 [625 Theaters] Weekend $605,353 (4-day estimate: $752,352), Average $969 (4-day Average $1,204), Cume $2,462,498
The Only Living Boy In New York (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 4 [135 Theaters] Weekend $59,290, Average $439, Cume $555,832
The Trip To Spain (IFC Films) Week 4 [140 Theaters] Weekend $224,000, Average $1,600, Cume $546,532
Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) Week 5 [29 Theaters] Weekend $106,070, Average $3,658, Cume $375,000
We Love You, Sally Carmichael! (Purdie Distribution) Week 5 [11 Theaters] Weekend $5,531, Average $503, Cume $100,824
Wind River (The Weinstein Company) Week 5 [2,602 Theaters] Weekend $5,863,074, Average $2,253, Cume $18,285,511
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (Paramount Pictures/Participant Media) Week 6 [80 Theaters] Weekend $57,000 (4-day estimate $75,000), Average $712 (4-day Average $937, Cume $3,470,000
Menashe (A24) Week 6 [126 Theaters] Weekend $201,802 (4-day estimate: 272,123), Average $1,602 (4-day Average $2,160), Cume $1,321,097
The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 10 [20 Theaters] Weekend $24,350, Average $1,218, Cume $1,588,705
The Big Sick (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) Week 11 [1,270 Theaters] Weekend $1,375,000 (4-day estimate: 1,750,111), Average $1,083 (4-day Average: 1,378), Cume $41,305,570
Lost In Paris (Oscilloscope) Week 12 [18 Theaters] Weekend $24,000, Average $1,333, Cume $571,116
Maudie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [106 Theaters] Weekend $82,129, Average $775, Cume $5,909,837
Love, Kennedy (Purdie Distribution) Week 14 [10 Theaters] Weekend $3,914, Average $391, Cume $388,874