Director Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room charmed audiences in its initial run at three theaters, grossing a cool $91K, easily topping the per theater average of the weekend’s newcomers. New York’s new Metrograph theater, however, had an impressive run with its exclusive showing of the 1984 doc Los Sures, taking in over $25K. TWC opened its ‘80s coming-of-age Irish feature Sing Street in 5 locations, grossing nearly $69K, while other openers had a more sobering start. Magnolia rolled out its Tribeca Film Festival opening night doc The First Monday In May in 20 theaters grossing $105K, while Kino Lorber and China Lion bowed, respectively, Measure Of A Man and New York, New York to slower starts.
Cannes Directors Fortnight debut Green Room opened in three theaters Friday scoring the weekend’s best per theater average as of early Sunday. Released by A24, Green Room grossed a robust $91K, averaging $30,333. The feature centers on a luckless punk rock band who encounter violence following a gig in a rural backwater. “The critically acclaimed elevated horror/thriller from Jeremy Saulnier — currently Certified Fresh at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes — continues to electrify audiences and garner incredible word of mouth thanks in part due to the diabolical one-of-a-kind performance by Sir Patrick Stewart,” A24 said Sunday when reporting its numbers. RADiUS opened Saulnier’s previous film Blue Ruin, also a thriller and a Directors Fortnight debut, in April 2014 in 7 theaters to a comparatively slower start of $32,608 in 7 theaters, averaging $4,658. It went on to cume over $258K. A24 will expand the Green Room “selectively” this coming weekend ahead of a nationwide expansion April 29.
UnionDocs brought 1984’s Brooklyn-set doc Los Sures to Manhattan’s recently opened Metrograph theater. The feature was a hit, grossing $25,100 at its exclusive showing. “At a time when inequality in cities is on everyone’s mind, Los Sures speaks to the history of this issue and implies much about the consequences of gentrification,” said UnionDocs’ Christopher Allen Sunday. “This neighborhood in particular has touched the lives of so many people – there are many deep connections to this recent history, so this is a moment of true celebration for this uniquely American history and culture. In addition, the partnership between Metrograph and UnionDocs has created the perfect context for this film to reach an audience that wants to understand better the history of New York.”
TWC opened Irish-born director John Carney’s Sing Street in 5 theaters Friday, grossing $68,979, averaging $13,796. The company said the title jumped 51% from Friday’s $18.5k to Saturday’s $28,k driven by “excellent word-of-mouth.” Sing Street had “exits coming in at a top two of 96% and a definite recommend of 85%.” TWC became involved with Sing Street in the script phase ahead of the company’s 2014 release of Carney’s Begin Again, which opened to a $26,813 average in 5 theaters, and had a total gross of $16.17 million. Searchlight released Carney’s 2007 feature Once, with a $9.4 million cume. Sing Street will platform into the top 10 markets next weekend.
Magnolia Pictures opened The First Monday In May in 20 theaters hoping to ride the attention from the film’s first-night spot at the Tribeca Film Festival. The title had a mixed start, grossing $105K in 20 theaters, averaging $5,250. The company released director Andrew Rossi’s previous feature, Page One: Inside The New York Times back in 2011, grossing over $1M. It will expand First Monday in the next couple of weeks.
Also opening were Kino Lorber’s Measure Of A Man in two theaters, grossing $11,391, averaging $5,695, while China Lion opened New York, New York in 16 locations grossing $43K ($2,688 average).
Fox Searchlight added 8 runs for Demolition in its second frame. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the film grossed just $307K, averaging a slight $356. Fellow second week release Louder Than Bombs fared better, averaging $1,413 in 15 theaters, up from 4 locations in its initial bow. Louder Than Bombs grossed $21,197. Vaxxed received another de facto plug from Robert De Niro on the Today show earlier in the week, though the anti-vaccination doc did only so-so in its expansion to L.A., grossing $27K in a four-theater total on both coasts. It has now cumed $80,703.
Bleecker Street’s Eye In The Sky landed in the top 10 as of early afternoon Sunday. In its 6th weekend, the title grossed over $1.56M, averaging $1,753 and giving it a $13.1M cume. And Roadside/Stage 6 Films’ Hello, My Name Is Doris starring Sally Field crossed $10M this past week. Over the weekend the feature grossed $795,600 in 650 theaters, averaging $1,224. The film is nearing $11M.
The First Monday In May (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [20 Theaters] Weekend $105K, Average $5,250
Green Room (A24) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $91K, Average $30,333
Measure Of A Man (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $11,391, Average $5,695
New York, New York (China Lion) NEW [16 Theaters] Weekend $43K, Average $2,688
Sing Street (The Weinstein Company) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $68,979, Average $13,796
Los Sures (UnionDocs) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $25,100
Demolition (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [862 Theaters] Weekend $307K, Average $356, Cume $1,836,019
Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) Week 2 [15 Theaters] Weekend $21,197, Average $1,413, Cume $56,085
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Chongqing Hot Pot (China Lion) Week 3 [39 Theaters] Weekend $90K, Average $2,307, Cume $670,698
Everybody Wants Some!! (Paramount) Week 3 [134 Theaters] Weekend $430K, Average $3,209, Cume $1,531,000
Francofonia (Music Box Films) Week 3 [7 Theaters] Weekend $28K, Average $4K, Cume $91,157
Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [47 Theaters] Weekend $212,049, Average $4,512 Cume $635,176
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe (Cinema Libre) Week 3 [4 Theater] Weekend $27K, Average $6,750, Cume $80,703
Standing Tall (Cohen Media Group) Week 3 [5 Theaters] Weekend $4,131, Average $826, Cume $24,013
I Saw The Light (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [103 Theaters] Weekend $55,760, Average $541, Cume $1,533,134
Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) Week 6 [891 Theaters] Weekend $1,561,998, Average $1,753, Cume $13,119,729
Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) Week 6 [650 Theaters] Weekend $795,600, Average $1,224, Cume $10,922,707
Lolo (FilmRise Releasing) Week 6 [2 Theater] Weekend $350, Average $175, Cume $18,786
Marguerite (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [39 Theaters] Weekend $45,289, Average $1,161, Cume $400,770
Remember (A24) Week 6 [44 Theaters] Weekend $51,200, Average $1,164, Cume $1,101,729
Embrace Of The Serpent (Oscilloscope) Week 9 [38 Theaters] Weekend $31K, Average $816, Cume $1,221,413
Where To Invade Next (Drafthouse Films) Week 10 [23 Theaters] Weekend $12,641, Average $550, Cume $3,801,882
The Lady In The Van (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 14 [71 Theaters] Weekend $50,578, Average $712, Cume $9,742,518
Janis: Little Girl Blue (FilmRise) Week 21 [1 Theater] Weekend $850, Cume $403,988
Spotlight (Open Road Films) Week 25 [24 Theaters] Weekend $44,693, Average $434, Cume $44,807,925