This doesn’t happen often: Four of the weekend box office’s top 10 are Specialty releases, while a debuting fifth had the year’s best per-theater average.
Among the top 10, TWC’s Woman In Gold, RADiUS’ It Follows, Bleecker Street’s Danny Collins and A24’s While We’re Young took the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th spots respectively even as the masses continued to crowd in to see Furious 7.
And the weekend also boasted a 2015-best debut. A24 killed it with sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. And also drawing crowds, IFC Films’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, featuring an unprecedented Cesar Award-winning performance by Kristen Stewart, got a solid start in three locations. Not bad for one of the first nice-weather weekends in the Northeast in seemingly forever.
A24 outdid itself, overtaking While We’re Young, another of its films, as debut champ. The smart artificial-intelligence film Ex Machina, starring Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, grossed just under $250K for a stellar $62,489 average. The film, which also features a great performance by Alicia Vikander as the A.I. named Ava, easily passed While We’re Young’s debut of a couple of weeks ago, an average $56,922 in four theaters.
“Ex Machina catapulted into the weekend by selling out Thursday sneaks and maintained that trend throughout Friday and Saturday,” said A24 reporting numbers Sunday. “Audiences were blown away by visionary storyteller Alex Garland‘s critically acclaimed science-fiction film, making it the highest limited-release opening of the year.”
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Ex Machina bowed in the U.K. January 21 via Universal Pictures, which produced the film. It has cleared more than $6.22M abroad, and goes into its U.S. release with a strong 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes. It will go nationwide by the end of the month.
French filmmaker Olivier Assayas debuted his mostly English-language feature Clouds Of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche, Chloe Grace Moretz and Stewart (who took home a Best Supporting Actress César Award this year for her role) in three theaters. The film had a solid start, grossing just under $70K in 3 theaters, averaging $23,243. IFC Films has been U.S. distributor for several Assayas films, including the 2009’s Summer Hours, which grossed over $1.65M domestically. Clouds Of Sils Maria will expand to the top 15 markets next week.
Director Frédéric Tcheng’s doc Dior And I donned solid numbers in its opening, grossing $50,573 at Film Forum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York this weekend ($25,286 PTA).
“We had no doubt from the beginning that Frederic’s masterful film would resonate with a broad audience,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film and TV, Paul Davidson in a statement Sunday. “But with sellouts across all showtimes and demographics, it’s obvious that the soulful, human stories behind the runway glamour propelled Dior & I into a place in moviegoer’s hearts — we have no doubt that it will continue to move and inspire viewers as it expands nationwide in the coming weeks.”
Dior And I will add a single screen each in LA and Toronto and expand to more than 150 screens nationwide across all the Top 50 markets by May 1.
Also opening with gusto was Cinema Guild’s About Elly, grossing more than $15K in a single location. Relativity’s Desert Dancer bowed in 23 locations grossing $43K and Alchemy’s Black Souls grossed $6,300 in 2 theaters ($3,150 average).
TWC’s Woman In Gold mined 1,200 more runs in its second weekend. The Helen Mirren pic placed 7th in the overall box office, likely its pique. It grossed over $5.85M, averaging $3,891 with a two-week come of over $9.3M.
Meanwhile, over at TWC’s other label, RADiUS, another film landed in the top 10. Thriller It Follows by David Robert Mitchell held the 8th spot in the box office as of Sunday, grossing more than $2.02M in 1,633 theaters ($1,241 PTA). The film has cumed nearly $11.8M in 5 weeks.
Bleecker Street entered the top 10 with its first release, Danny Collins, this weekend. In 739 theaters, the film grossed more than $1.6M, averaging $2,169. The company, headed by former Focus Features co-head Andrew Karpen, said Danny Collins is now at its widest point in its release.
Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young continues to lure crowds in its third frame. The film grossed more than $1.37M for a solid $5,598 PTA, easily the highest average of any film in release more than two weeks. The film is in the running to be Baumbach’s highest grosser.
“While We’re Young is hitting its stride as it continues to expand very strongly into theaters nationwide,” A24 said in a release. “The movie continues to perform very well in arthouses and crossover commercial complexes all over the country.”
About Elly (Cinema Guild) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $15,113, Cume $18,871
Black Souls (Alchemy) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,300, Average $3,150
Clouds Of Sils Maria (IFC Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $69,729, Average $23,243
Desert Dancer (Relativity…] NEW [23 Theaters] Weekend $43K, Average $1,870
Ex Machina (A24) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $249,956, Average $62,489
Dior And I (The Orchard) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $50,573, Average $25,286
5 To 7 (IFC Films) Week 2 [21 Theaters] Weekend $31,185, Average $1,485, Cume $54,685
Lambert & Stamp (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $12,599, Average $1,800, Cume $33,287
Let’s Get Married (China Lion) Week 2 [37 Theaters] Weekend $87,400, Average $2,362, Cume $350,457
Woman In Gold (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [1,504 Theaters] Weekend $5,852,000, Average $3,891, Cume $9,302,898
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
The Salt Of The Earth (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [27 Theaters] Weekend $82,409, Average $3,052, Cume $259,635
While We’re Young (A24) Week 3 [246 Theaters] Weekend $1,377,108, Average $5,598, Cume $2,355,139
Danny Collins (Bleecker Street) Week 4 [739 Theaters] Weekend $1,603,016, Average $2,169, Cume $2,513,665
La Sapienza (Kino Lorber Films) Week 4 [3 Theaters] Weekend $7K, Average $2,333, Cume $83,622
Lost And Love (Shi Gu) (China Lion) Week 4 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,700, Cume $183,769
3 Hearts (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [9 Theaters] Weekend $7,017, Average $779, Cume $175,747
It Follows (RADiUS) Week 5 [1,633 Theaters] Weekend $2,027,000, Average $1,241, Cume $11.798M
Seymour: An Introduction (IFC Films) Week 5 [64 Theaters] Weekend $65,920, Average $1,030, Cume $396,170
’71 (Roadside Attractions/Black Label Media) Week 7 [63 Theaters] Weekend $46,050, Average $731, Cume $1,231,352
Deli Man (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [11 Theaters] Weekend $9,143, Average $831, Cume $458,218
The Hunting Ground (RADiUS) Week 7 [20 Theaters] Weekend $16,446, Average $822, Cume $194,392
Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [113 Theaters] Weekend $173,615, Average $1,536, Cume $2,215,834
What We Do In The Shadows (Unison/Paladin) Week 9 [113 Theaters] Weekend $153,470, Average $1,358, Cume $2,963,686
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group) Week 11 [13 Theaters] Weekend $10,238, Average $787, Cume $1,039,781
Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [174 Theaters] Weekend $103,763, Average $596, Cume $18,450.538
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) Week 20 [128 Theaters] Weekend $90K, Average $703, Cume $90,950,976
Citizenfour (RADiUS) Week 25 [4 Theaters] Weekend $2,632, Average $658, Cume $2,784,745
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