Several Specialty debuts did pretty well over the weekend, with Roadside Attractions’ Indignation, directed by James Schamus, leading the pack. Close behind was Sony Pictures Classics’ Equity and Kino Lorber’s Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil. Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s doc Miss Sharon Jones! crooned to $12K in an exclusive engagement. Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, however, is the weekend’s limited release superstar, with the highest per theater average at just over $30K. Searchlight’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie held OK in a small, second week expansion. And The Orchard’s The Music of Strangers crossed a million in its second month.
Sundance premiere Indignation opened in four New York and Los Angeles theaters and had the best per theater average of the weekend. Directed by former Focus Features chief Schamus, the feature grossed just over $89K, averaging $22,268. Schamus has produced dozens of films, sharing an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain and a Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2001. Indignation is his first directorial feature, opening this weekend via Roadside and Summit.
“It’s a unique movie in the marketplace, it’s a very classy high-end adaptation with a high profile filmmaker,” said Roadside co-president Howard Cohen earlier this week. “There are other profile Specialty movies going on in the summer, but we’re looking at this as a great, serious movie with great credentials that’s going on in a summer of superhero movies.” Roadside said that the title had sellouts at the Lincoln Plaza in NY and The Landmark in LA. Indignation will head to 10 markets next weekend and to about 50 theaters in a couple weeks.
Sony Classics opened fellow Sundance film Equity by Meera Menon in New York and L.A. Friday, grossing nearly $81K in four theaters ($20,182 average). The title centers on senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), who is passed over for a promotion at her firm. “What excited us most about the film is that it’s a Wall Street story that’s presented from a professional female’s point of view,” said SPC co-president Michael Barker this week. “We haven’t quite seen that before.”
Kino Lorber’s IDFA doc Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil had a robust start in an exclusive engagement. The Dutch-produced doc about artist Hieronymus Bosch grossed $19,514.
Starz Digital opened doc Miss Sharon Jones! in a single bow Friday. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, the feature about Grammy-nominated R&B singer Sharon Jones grossed $12K. Miss Sharon Jones! will head to the Nuart in L.A. next week.
Amazon and Open Road bowed Clay Tweel’s doc Gleason about former NFL defensive back Steve Gleason in nine theaters. The feature grossed $93,933 in nine locations, averaging a good $10,437. Gleason debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where Amazon Studios picked up the title, tapping Open Road Films for its theatrical release this weekend. It will head across the nation over the coming weeks, reaching its widest point in mid-August.
Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment’s doc Hillary’s America grossed over $2.38M in 1,066 theaters, easily making it the year’s best doc box office grosser, topping Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, which topped out at $3.82 million. Director Dinesh D’Souza’s previous election release, Obama’s America, grossed over $33.4 million when it opened in 2012.
The Film Arcade’s Don’t Think Twice played several additional theaters its second frame and still had the weekend’s best PTA. In five theaters, the feature grossed $150,421, averaging just above $30K. Directed by Mike Birbiglia, who also appears in the comedy, the film had the year’s best debut of an exclusive run, opening with over $90K last week.
Fox Searchlight added 42 runs for comedy Absolutely Fabulous in its second frame, holding decently. The big screen version of the popular BBC series grossed $800K in 355 theaters, averaging $2,254. Last weekend, the title opened in 313 locations, grossing $1.88M. Its North American cume is now over $3.36M. Said Searchlight Sunday: “We are of course drawing moviegoers from the core ‘Ab-Fab’ audience as well as Art house and specialty markets. We have been pleasantly surprised that we have also been able to reach many mainstream moviegoers in upscale multiplexes. We are very happy with the results so far and expect this ride to continue for a few weeks more.”
Amazon/Lionsgate took Woody Allen’s Café Society to 515 additional runs in week 3, still toasting a solid performance. In 565 theaters, the feature starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg grossed $955K, averaging $3,982. It has now cumed $3.9 million.
Bleecker Street added 446 runs for Captain Fantastic in its one-month mark. The feature grossed just over $1 million in 550 theaters, averaging $1,834. Last week, the title played in 104 locations, grossing almost $573K, averaging $5,508. It has cumed almost $2.4 million.
And The Orchard’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople grossed over $350K in 174 theaters, 26 fewer than last week. It averaged $2,012 and has a six week cume of $2,924,232.
Equity (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $80,729, Average $20,182
Gleason [Amazon Studios/Open Road Films] NEW [9 Theaters] Weekend $93,933, average $10,437
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,502, Cume $19,514 (Wed. open)
Indignation (Roadside Attractions) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $89,072, Average $22,268
The Land (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $12,040, Average $6,020
Miss Sharon Jones! (Star Digital) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12K
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [355 Theaters] Weekend $800K, Average $2,254, Cume $3,366,568
Don’t Think Twice (The Film Arcade) Week 2 [5 Theater] Weekend $150,421, Average $30,084, Cume $261,523
Train to Busan (Well Go USA) Week 2 [29 Theaters] Weekend $228,800, Average $7,890
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Café Society (Amazon/Lionsgate) Week 3 [565 Theaters] Weekend $955K, Average $3,982, Cume $3.9M
Hillary’s America (Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment) Week 3 [1,066 Theaters] Weekend $2,382,000, Average $2,234, Cume $8,672,384
Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street) Week 4 [550 Theaters] Weekend $1,008,556, Average $1,834, Cume $2,399,813
The Innocents (Music Box Films) Week 5 [50 Theaters] Weekend $69,500, Average $1,391, Cume $741,125
Life, Animated (The Orchard) Week 5 [23 Theaters] Weekend $15,683, Average $682, Cume $163,002
Our Kind Of Traitor (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions) Week 5 [ Theaters] Weekend $, Average $, Cume $
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (The Orchard) Week 6 [174 Theaters] Weekend $350,170, Average $2,012, Cume $2,924,232
The Music Of Strangers (The Orchard) Week 8 [50 Theaters] Weekend $36,275, Average $726, Cume $1,000,057
The Witness (FilmRise Releasing) Week 9 [2 Theaters] Weekend $2,600, Average $1,300, Cume $140,865
Weiner (Sundance Selects) Week 11 [10 Theaters] Weekend $20K , Average $2K, Cume $1,614,527
Love & Friendship (Roadside Attractions/Amazon) Week 12 [52 Theaters] Weekend $60,550, Average $1,164, Cume $13,805,383