Kristen Stewart’s second turn with French filmmaker Olivier Assayas in Personal Shopper had a solid start in its initial four-theater run this weekend, grossing $92.5K. The IFC Films release outpaced the opening weekend per theater average of the duo’s 2014 collaboration Clouds of Sils Maria. The Film Collaborative’s A Very Sordid Wedding, however, appears to technically be the weekend’s per theater average champ at $40K, opening in an exclusive engagement.
Elsewhere, two fairly large limited releases made their way to a sizable number of U.S. theaters over the weekend. Paladin’s period war romance The Ottoman Lieutenant bowed in over two hundred locations, taking in nearly $174K, while FIPs Indian pic Badrinath Ki Dulhania grossed $850K over the weekend in more than 150 theaters. Focus World bowed its Belgian/French Cannes thriller Raw with two runs, grossing a decent $25K and CBS Films’ The Sense Of an Ending in several locations with $42K its first weekend. Bleecker Street expanded The Last Word in its second frame, holding fine, while Searchlight’s Table 19 remained in 898 theaters, dropping about 55%. And from the Oscar crowd, TWC’s Lion looks well positioned to cross $50M, while Moonlight inches to $30M.
Personal Shopper lured audiences in its debut weekend, grossing $92.5K in several locations Friday to Sunday. The IFC Films release, directed by France’s Assayas, averaged a solid $23K, which is an uptick from Clouds of Sils Maria’s comparable $20.6K. Latter film went on to cume over $1.85M domestically.
The company gave off confidence in Shopper’s initial roll-out Sunday: “The film opened strong to sell out crowds in both New York City and LA, playing to enthusiastic, packed houses at both traditional and art house theaters.” IFC Films will expand it to the top 15 markets next weekend and the top 50 markets by the end of March.
A Very Sordid Wedding starring Whoopi Goldberg bowed in a single location with a strong $40K showing. “We are ecstatic at the explosive response to the world premiere of A Very Sordid Wedding in Palm Springs and the word of mouth that has already begun about the timeliness of the equality themes,” said producer Emerson Collins Sunday. “We will be expanding the limited release to art house theaters nationwide at the beginning of April.”
Focus World’s Cannes debut Raw cooked $25K over the weekend from two locations, giving it a $12,615 PTA. The company plans to “slowly expand to additional markets and theaters the weekends of March 17 and March 24.”
“We’re extremely pleased with the opening of Raw which is drawing audiences that are hungry for a wildly original, intense movie experience,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus World’s president of Distribution in a statement Sunday. “Julia Ducournau has made a daring and accomplished directorial debut that appeals to both avid genre and art-house fans. The rave reviews and word-of-mouth position the film well for a strong expansion.”
Two specialty titles put their first weekend location count in the hundreds this weekend. FIP’s Indian-produced Badrinath Ki Dulhania took in $850K in 152 theaters, for a $5,592 PTA, while Turkish-U.S. pic The Ottoman Lieutenant starring Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar and Josh Hartnett bowed with 216 runs around the country, grossing $174K for a comparatively slower $804 average.
CBS Films brought out The Sense Of an Ending with Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer Friday. The feature grossed $42K from four locations, averaging $10,500. The company said the title 97% jump Saturday, one of the best for the weekend.
Among second weekend holdovers, Bleecker Street added 21 runs for The Last Word, grossing $74,683 ($2,987 average). Abramorama’s Love & Taxes played an additional two locations, grossing $2,756 in three theaters, averaging $919, while Fox Searchlight’s Table 19 remained in its initial 868 theater count for a second weekend, grossing $850K ($979 average). It has cumed over $2.98M.
Oscilloscope’s successful Turkish cat doc Kedi sashayed passed $1M in an expansion this weekend. The title grossed $323K in 114 locations, averaging $2,829. Last weekend, Kedi grossed $235K ($4,346 average).
TWC’s Lion still has momentum in its 16th weekend. The Oscar winner grossed over $1.36M in 960 theaters, coming close to the $50M mark. Its present cume is over $48.68M.
And Best Picture winner Moonlight played 987 theaters, down from last week’s post-Academy Awards run of over fifteen hundred. Moonlight took in just over $1M bringing its 21 week total to over $26.99M.
A Very Sordid Wedding (The Film Collaborative) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $40,000
Badrinath Ki Dulhania (FIP) NEW [152 Theaters] Weekend $850,000, Average $5,592
The Ottoman Lieutenant (Paladin) NEW [216 Theaters] Weekend $173,750, Average $804
Personal Shopper (IFC Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $92,516, Average $23,129
Raw (Focus World) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $25,230, Average $12,615
The Sense Of an Ending (CBS Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $42,000, Average $10,500
Donald Cried (The Orchard) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $4,809, Average $1,202, Cume $15,944
Junction 48 (The Orchard) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,325, Cume $9,198
The Last Word (Bleecker Street) Week 2 [25 Theaters] Weekend $74,683, Average $2,987, Cume $114,370
Love & Taxes (Abramorama) Week 2 [3 Theater] Weekend $2,756, Average $919, Cume $5,486
Table 19 (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [868 Theaters] Weekend $850,000, Average $979, Cume $2,986,700
Tim Timmerman: Hope of America (Purdie Distribution) Week 2 [12 Theaters] Weekend $12,281, Average $1,023, Cume $75,425
The Women’s Balcony (Menemsha) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $43,072, Average $5,384
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Bitter Harvest (Roadside Attractions) Week 3 [32 Theaters] Weekend $41,235, Average $1,257, Cume $498,922
My Life As A Zucchini (GKIDS) Week 3 [52 Theaters] Weekend $55,607, Average $1,069, Cume $180,858
Everybody Loves Somebody (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 4 [33 Theaters] Weekend $25,000, Average $758, Cume $1,869,237
A United Kingdom (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [317 Theaters] Weekend $500,000 Average $1,577, Cume $2,580,288
Kedi (Oscilloscope) Week 5 [114 Theaters] Weekend $322,500, Average $2,829, Cume $1,008,060
Land Of Mine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [40 Theaters] Weekend $60,973, Average $1,524, Cume $188,409
Chapter & Verse (Paladin) Week 6 [1 Theater] Weekend $3,094, Cume $81,870
Mr. Gaga (Abramorama) Week 6 [8 Theaters] Weekend $10,031, Average $1,254, Cume $138,612
The Founder (The Weinstein Company) Week 8 [57 Theaters] Weekend $48,200, Average $846, Cume $12,572,694
The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [42 Theaters] Weekend $30,222, Average $720, Cume $754,884
Paterson (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 11 [51 Theaters] Weekend $62,919, Average $1,234, Cume $1,896,212
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [45 Theaters] Weekend $41,999, Average $933, Cume $1,357,191
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 13 [25 Theaters] Weekend $32,668, Average $1,307, Cume $804,813
La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 14 [1,578 Theaters] Weekend $1,770,000, Average $1,122, Cume $148,445,589
Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 16 [960 Theaters], Weekend $1,361,350, Average $1,418, Cume $48,684,795
Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 17 [113 Theaters] Weekend $68,450, Average $605, Cume $47,533,212
Moonlight (A24) Week 21 [987 Theaters] Weekend $1,000,750, Average $1,014, Cume $26,994,479