With The Imitation Game debuting in spectacular fashion this weekend, other new specialty films were left picking through Thanksgiving leftovers, though Oscar-contending holdovers Birdman and The Theory Of Everything were in the overall box office Top 10, and Foxcatcher held solid as it added locations.
The Imitation Game grossed more than $482K in four theaters, giving the feature the year’s second-best showing at $120,518 PTA. The Grand Budapest Hotel still holds the 2014 top spot with a $202,792 PTA, though it faced considerably less Oscar-contending competition at the box office during its early-March launch.
Other debuts had to pick over the leftovers behind The Imitation Game‘s considerable feast. IFC Midnight opened Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook in 3 locations while also debuting it day and date in on-demand platforms.
The title did all right in its theatrical bow, grossing $27K Friday to Sunday for a $9K PTA, second-highest among reporting newcomers.
“The Babadook opened in New York and L.A. to rave reviews and plenty of sold out shows throughout the weekend,” IFC said in a release. “The film also performed very well on iTunes, where it shot to the top of the horror chart within hours of release.”
IFC Midnight (the genre label of IFC Films) will continue to platform the film throughout December, opening in the top markets over the next couple of weeks.
One small surprise is Music Box Films’ Antarctica: A Year On Ice, which opened in eight locations, grossing $32K ($4K average). They’re not earth- (or ice-)shattering numbers, but for a non-fiction title produced in New Zealand that shows a year in the life of Antarctica’s small year-round population, it showed some durability.
Music Box said Sunday that Antarctica will open an additional dozen engagements in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Portland, OR. as well as Los Angeles suburbs. The doc will open in the rest of the top 25 markets by Dec. 12.
China Lion’s Women Who Flirt opened in 26 predominately Chinese-language locations, grossing $80K, averaging $3,077. China Lion said the film was its first-ever Thanksgiving release, and it hopes the film will play well into December as Chinese students return to school. The company will expand Friday to San Diego, West Lafayette, Chicago, Irvine, Edison, NJ and additional San Francisco locations.
Self-distributed Touch The Wall opened in a pair of locations, grossing $6,150, and averaging $3,075.
Focus Features added 662 runs for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, grossing a robust $5.82 million in 802 theaters. The popular feature, starring Eddie Redmayne, had a solid $6,337 PTA.
Focus said its five-day Thanksgiving holiday numbers came in at over $6.4 million ($8K-plus average), putting the title seventh in this weekend’s overall box office.
“The film continues demonstrate tremendous word-of-mouth with audiences,” Focus said in a release, “Continues to show great playability in not only the largest metropolitan markets but as well as in small/medium markets; is playing well and showing strength in arthouse and commercial theaters; and as an example: the film’s top 25 highest-grossing theaters include a diverse array of 11 markets [including locations that are] urban, suburban, large and small.”
Fox Searchlight’s Birdman may have been bumped to third in the year’s biggest openings, but it continues to soar in the top 10 despite its comparatively few locations. The film by Alejandro González Iñárritu grossed more than $1.88 million Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,648. Over the entire holiday, the feature grossed $2.4 million for a five-day $3,400 PTA. Though down from its peak of 857 theaters, the film is still in 710 locations and Searchlight said it will continue to open new theaters heading into Christmas.
Also this weekend, Kino Lorber added two theaters for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, grossing $17K in four locations ($4,250 average) giving it a $58,238 two-week cume.
RADiUS added 17 runs for its Gotham- and Spirit Awards-nominated doc Citizenfour. The documentary about NSA leaker Edward Snowden grossed nearly $187K, averaging $1,815. It has now crossed the $1.5M cume threshold.
And in its 21st weekend, IFC Films’ Boyhood crossed $24 million. It grossed more than $18K Friday to Sunday in a dozen locations, averaging $1,530. Boyhood will continue to play the film across the country heading into the holiday season.
Antarctica: A Year On Ice (Music Box Films) NEW [8 Theaters] Weekend $32K, Average $4K
The Babadook (IFC Midnight) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $27K, Average $9K
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $482,071, Average $120,518
Touch The Wall (Touch The Wall, LLC – self-distributed) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,150, Average $3,075
Women Who Flirt (China Lion) NEW [26 Theaters] Weekend $80K, Average $3,077, Cume $140,949 (Wed. Opening)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Kino Lorber) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $17K, Average $4,250, Cume $58,238
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [72 Theaters] Weekend $1,032,428, Average $14,339, $2,125,888
The Homesman (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 3 [50 Theaters] Weekend $213,700, Average $4,274, Cume $483,533
Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 3 [277 Theaters] Weekend $263,150, Average $950, Cume $2,475,120
Rosewater (Open Road) Week 3 [216 Theaters] Weekend $325K, Average $1,505, Cume $2,611,877
National Gallery (Zipporah Films) Week 4 [10 Theaters] Weekend $23,372, Average $2,337, Cume $100,134
The Theory Of Everything (Focus Features) Week 4 [802 Theaters] Weekend $5.82M, Average $6,337, Cume $9,604M; 5-day grosses: $6.431M, Average $8,019
Goodbye To Language 3D (Kino Lorber) Week 5 [3 Theaters] Weekend $8K, Average $2,667, Cume $151,853
Point And Shoot (The Orchard) Week 5 [5 Theaters] Weekend $8,543, Average $1,708, Cume $33,313
Citizenfour (RADiUS) Week 6 [103 Theaters] Weekend $186,997, Average $1,815, Cume $1,500,257; 5-day grosses: $237,944, Average $2,310
Birdman (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [710 Theaters] Weekend $1.88M, Average $2,648, Cume $17,237,404; 5-day grosses: $2.411M, Average $3,396
Dear White People (Roadside Attractions) Week 7 [46 Theaters] Weekend $85,350, Average $1,855, Cume $4,204,514
Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (Counterpoint) Week 8 [6 Theaters] Weekend $33,523, Average $5,587, Cume $685,807
Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [179 Theaters] Weekend $496,336, Average $2,773, Cume $3,964,754
Keep On Keepin’ On (RADiUS) Week 10 [4 Theaters] Weekend $1,550, Average $387, Cume $151,822; 5 day grosses: $3,350, Average $837
My Old Lady (Cohen Media Group) Week 12 [17 Theaters] Weekend $18,570, Average $1,092, Cume $3,914,951
Boyhood (IFC Films) Week 21 [12 Theaters] Weekend $18,360, Average $1,530, Cume $24,008,220