‘Ghost Stories’ Leads Subdued Weekend For Limited Releases; Holdover ‘The Rider’ Gallops: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. New specialty releases had a fairly weak showing overall this weekend despite featuring work from high-profile filmmakers.
Leading the roster of newcomers reporting numbers Sunday was IFC Films thriller Ghost Stories, which grossed $12,646 from an exclusive New York showing, giving it a technical win for the weekend’s top per-theater average. Cinema Libre's multi-lingual bio-romance Lou Andreas-Salomé, Audacity To Be Free placed… Read
William Friedkin Revisits Demons With ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’; Godard In Focus – Specialty B.O. Preview
Oscar nominee William Friedkin's 1973 classic The Exorcist grossed nearly $233M stateside, spawned follow ups and imitations and is still a standard-bearer in horror. Now Friedkin is taking a look at real-life exorcisms in the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, which The Orchard is opening Friday. Friedkin's latest will be decidedly different from his narrative thriller, but will nevertheless be “unnerving,” according to the distributor, which will combine the film… Read
‘Grace Jones’ Slays Competition, ‘Rider’ Rock-Solid: Specialty Box Office
Kino Lorber documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami debuted to robust numbers over the weekend, grossing $60,442 in three locations, giving it an impressive $20,147 per theater average.
That’s the highest of the weekend and one of the best among all 2018 non-fiction openings. The same distributor also bowed Hitler's Hollywood with an exclusive showing, taking in $10,177.
Sony Classics rode The Rider into a trio of runs starting Friday for a solid $45,268 start… Read
‘Krystal’, ‘Aardvark’, ‘The Rider’ & ‘Submergence’ Among Weekend Newcomers – Specialty B.O. Preview
William H. Macy returns to the big screen for the third time as director with comedic drama Krystal, in which he appears with stars Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, Kathy Bates and Felicity Huffman. The feature, being released via Great Point Media/Paladin Friday, first caught the attention of producer Rachel Winter in 2002. Krystal is one of two Great Point Media titles hitting theaters this weekend, the other being Brian Shoaf's Aardvark with Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate… Read
Joaquin Phoenix Outing ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Has Robust Bow; ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Crosses $12M: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 11:45AM PT with more numbers and analysis. Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, the first feature from the director since 2011, rocketed to a strong launch in its debut, grossing $129,911 in three theaters.
Searchlight's Isle of Dogs added hundreds of runs for its third frame, taking in $4.6M to boost its cume to $12M. The weekend gross was enough to land it in the overall top 10 as of Sunday morning.
Released by Amazon Studios, You Were Never Really Her… Read
Joaquin Phoenix In ‘You Were Never Really Here’ & Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny ‘Lean On Pete’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Just in time for the Cannes announcements, Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, which debuted at last year's event, is headed to U.S. theaters. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, the Amazon Studios feature had a solid opening in the U.K. last month. The title headlines a fairly wide pack of newcomers this weekend, including A24's Lean On Pete by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh and starring Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny and Charlie Plummer. Great Point Media/Paladin are… Read
‘Love After Love’ Tops Packed But Blasé Weekend; ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Closes in On $6M: Specialty Box Office
Love After Love made a showing in its debut, outpacing other reporting openers in a weekend that was all about Isle of Dogs among the specialties.
Russell Harbaugh's Tribeca '17 debut Love After Love landed atop the weekend's specialties when looking at per theater averages, though it was just in one New York location. The feature, starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O'Dowd, grossed $11,263, which gave it the second-highest PTA of the weekend as of Sunday… Read
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Bow-Wows Solidly; ‘The Death of Stalin’ Crosses $2M: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 12:30PM PT with more numbers and analysis. Wes Anderson's stop-motion-animated Isle Of Dogs opened via Fox Searchlight in 27 theaters, grossing $1.57M and averaging $58,148, tops for any 2018 opener to date despite being the widest-ever Anderson opener.
The film, which had its world premiere last month in Berlin, has caused ripples of controversy in some quarters for its depiction of Japanese culture, though critics have largely sparked to it. The film will… Read
Wes Anderson Returns With ‘Isle Of Dogs’; Stanley Tucci Back With ‘Final Portrait’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Wes Anderson fans will no doubt scramble to see the filmmaker's latest, Isle Of Dogs, which heads out to a half-dozen cities this weekend ahead of a wider release. The stop-motion animated film, opening via Fox Searchlight, includes an impressive ensemble cast along with newcomers in a cross-cultural and species amalgam. Isle Of Dogs will be the most tracked of this weekend's limited releases. Stanley Tucci heads out to theaters with Final Portrait Friday, his fifth big… Read
‘Flower’ Blooms In Trio Of Pots; ‘Keep The Change’ Solid: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 12:10PM PT with more numbers and analysis. The Orchard sprouted a hit over the weekend, opening teen comedy Flower, starring Zoey Deutch, in just three theaters and grossing a rousing $57,851.
That tally yielded the highest per-theater average of the weekend, though right behind it was IFC Films' The Death of Stalin, which came in with $18,143 per situation in its second frame even while expanding to 32 runs.
Focus Features' 7 Days in Entebbe went out to over… Read
Daniel Brühl Takes ‘7 Days in Entebbe’; Zoey Deutch Rebels in ‘Flower’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
With Awards Season tucked away, Specialty newcomers have a chance to breathe. Focus Features, which had two films in the Oscar running, is heading out with political thriller 7 Days in Entebbe starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. The company is taking a page out of its playbook from the box office success of The Zookeeper's Wife, released in a similar pattern last March. The Orchard is opening teen comedy Flower with Zoey Deutch with limited runs ahead of a wider roll… Read
‘The Death of Stalin’ Has Best Specialty Debut of 2018; ‘The Shape of Water’ Crosses $61M Post-Oscar — UPDATE
UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. IFC Films put some zest into the specialty box office with the launch of its Toronto debut The Death of Stalin, starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Simon Russell.
The comedy, directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop) posted the year's best opening weekend PTA among the specialties, gross more than $181K in just four theaters for an average of $45,372.
Other new limited releases were mixed. Focus Features… Read