In a competitive weekend for specialty movies, a couple of newcomers shined. Well Go USA opened Lost In Hong Kong in over two dozen theaters attracting good crowds, while Broad Green Pictures closed escrow on 99 Homes in a pair of theaters with decent returns. And A24 bowed Mississippi Grind in an exclusive run, taking in over $14K. Maligned but certainly not ignored, Stonewall bowed modestly in 129 theaters, averaging slightly lower than Finders Keepers, which was also slow out of the gate. Last week’s top title, Sicario, expanded and still managed a stellar sophomore session with the weekend’s highest per-theater-average. RADiUS’ Before We Go, meanwhile, crossed $2 million on demand.
Well Go USA’s Mandarin/Chinese follow-up to international hit Lost In Thailand debuted in 27 theaters, capturing the weekend’s best opening per-theater-average. The film directed by Zheng Xu grossed nearly $559K, averaging a cool $20,700, attracting a large Chinese audience. Not surprisingly, Well Go said it was “thrilled” with early results Sunday. The distributor will take Lost In Hong Kong to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati this coming week. Lost In Thailand took in more than $197M internationally. It’s worth noting that in China LIHK has grossed $70.6 million in its first two days on its way to between $96M and $105M weekend in the Middle Kingdom.
Broad Green Pictures opened Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes in two theaters Friday, grossing $32,807 for an average of $16,403. The company said Sunday the feature was “well above norms with 70% of the total audience scoring the film as ‘definitely recommend'” and 90% scoring the film “highly favorable.” Next in line are cinemas in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Boston. A24, meanwhile, bowed Mississippi Grind in New York. It grossed $14,335 and will expand to the top 25 markets over the next few weeks.
Roland Emmerich’s “historical” pic Stonewall bowed in 129 theaters, by far the widest specialty opener. The film, which screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, had a rough go after its trailer was released this summer, with some complaining it was inaccurate. Even so, it received much more media than it may have otherwise, but the attention didn’t translate into box office. The feature grossed over $112K, averaging only $871.
Gravitas Ventures took Hot Docs audience award winner Unbranded day and date theatrical/VOD, playing in 58 theaters. The feature grossed $150K, averaging $2,586. The company said Unbranded also took in $150K in VOD and is the number one documentary on iTunes. Said Gravitas Ventures’ Nolan Gallagher: “It’s a testament to the filmmakers that we will have over a hundred theatrical screenings happening while also being the [No. 1] documentary on demand.” Less strong was Finders Keepers, which The Orchard opened in five theaters. The feature grossed just $5,740, averaging $1,148.
Last week, Lionsgate’s Sicario ruled the specialty box office and pulled off that feat this weekend as well. Lionsgate added 53 runs for the title’s second weekend, grossing a sizzling $1.77M in 59 theaters. The film averaged a robust $30K, the highest PTA of any movie reporting box office numbers this weekend. It has cumed $2.35M.
In its 8th weekend on demand, RADiUS’ Before We Go crossed $2 million on demand. In its ultra-VOD window, the company told Deadline exclusively the feature directed by and starring Chris Evans as well as Alice Eve grossed over $1.5 million before opening in theaters at the beginning of September. At the box office, it has grossed just over $37K.
Also crossing a milestone was Sony Classics’ Grandma. The film starring Lily Tomlin handily crossed $5 million in its sixth weekend. The film grossed nearly $815K in over 800, averaging $1,061.
99 Homes (Broad Green Pictures) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $32,807, Average $16,403
Lost In Hong Kong (Well Go USA) NEW [27 Theaters] Weekend $558,900, Average $20,700
Mississippi Grind (A24) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $14,335
Finders Keepers (The Orchard) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $5,740, Average $1,148
Stonewall (Roadside Attractions) NEW [129 Theaters] Weekend $112,414, Average $871
Unbranded (Gravitas Ventures) NEW [58 Theaters] Weekend $150K, Average $2,586
The New Girlfriend (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [38 Theaters] Weekend $42,659, Average $1,123, Cume $92,168
Pawn Sacrifice (Bleecker Street) Week 2 [781 Theaters] Weekend $1,020,979, Average $1,307, Cume $1,315,410
Peace Officer (2 Theaters) Weekend $5,627, Average $2,813, Cume $12,367
Prophet’s Prey (Showtime Documentary Films) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,150, Average $3,575, Cume $13,532
Sicario (Lionsgate) Week 2 [59 Theaters] Weekend $1.77M, Average $30K, Cume 2,350,594
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Coming Home (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [14 Theaters] Weekend $33,087, Average $2,363, Cume $129,515
Goodnight Mommy (RADiUS) Week 3 [28 Theaters] Weekend $108,344, Average $3,869, Cume $280,257
Meet The Patels (Alchemy) Week 3 [63 Theaters] Weekend $204,627, Average $3,248, Cume $498,908
Sleeping With Other People (IFC Films) Week 3 [102 Theaters] Weekend $139,740, Average $1,370, Cume $387,324
Time Out Of Mind (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [14 Theaters] Weekend $18,620, Average $1,330, Cume $84,620
Before We Go (RADiUS) Week 4 [2 Theaters] Weekend $287, Average $143, Cume $37,034; Week 8 VOD Cume $2,000,245
The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution (PBS Distribution) Week 4 [10 Theaters] Weekend $47,032, Average $4,703, Cume $219,446
The Transporter Refueled (EuropaCorp) Week 4 [242 Theaters] Weekend $90K, Average $372, Cume $15,725,465
Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 4 [797 Theaters] Weekend $290K, Average $797, Cume $8,808,881
The Second Mother (Oscilloscope) Week 5 [35 Theaters] Weekend $38,625, Average $1,104, Cume $272,034
Digging For Fire (The Orchard) Week 6 [2 Theaters] Weekend $525, Average $263, Cume $119,364
Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [804 Theaters] Weekend $814,778, Average $1,061, Cume $5,176,359
Meru (Music Box Films) Week 7 [82 Theaters] Weekend $82K, Average $1K, Cume $2,126,387
Rosenwald (The Ciesla Foundation) Week 7 [15 Theaters] Weekend $30,295, Average $2,019, Cume $328,440
Phoenix (Sundance Selects) Week 10 [85 Theaters] Weekend $86,700, Average $1,020, Cume $2,821,433
Mr. Holmes (Roadside Attractions/Miramax) Week 11 [105 Theaters] Weekend $45,475, Average $433, Cume $17,621,152
Cartel Land (The Orchard) Week 13 [5 Theaters] Weekend $582, Average $116, Cume $695,448