CBS Films and Lionsgate’s crime drama Hell or High Water bowed in 32 theaters Friday, easily floating to the top per theater average among the weekend’s Specialty newcomers at $18,500, though Anthropoid from Bleecker Street handily cashed in as the biggest opening gross at over $1.2 million in 452 theaters. IFC Films launched thriller Disorder in a day and date release taking in $12K in two locations, while The Orchard opened Ghost Team with a slow $9,205 in ten theaters. In its second weekend, Magnolia’s Little Men grossed $52K in added locations, while Roadside’s Indignation grossed nearly $805K in sizable expansion. The Film Arcade’s Don’t Think Twice also increased its runs in its fourth weekend, easily crossing over seven figures, and Quality Flix’s Hillary’s America edges close to $12 million in a reduced number of theaters.
David Mackenzie’s Hell or High Water flowed into 32 theaters, becoming the highest per theater average earner of the weekend among all films reporting grosses Sunday. The Cannes 2016 debut starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham, grossed $592K, giving it an $18,500 average. Sony’s opener, Sausage Party, averaged $10,828 over the weekend, placing second in terms of PTA, though of course the movie played in over thirty-one hundred theaters.
Hell or High Water is likely to rank among the highest grossing limited release films of the summer (and early fall). Its average topped the debut of The Orchard’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which opened in 5 theaters in late June, averaging $15,688. That title has cumed over $3.87 million to date. Bleecker Street’s Captain Fantastic had a comparatively higher PTA at $23,456 in its opening, though the title was only in four theaters. It has cumed nearly $4.3 million.
David Spitz, Lionsgate’s co-president, Domestic Theatrical Distribution, said about Hell or High Water: ”In addition to the universal acclaim from critics and A- Cinemascore, the numbers that we are most excited about from Hell or High Water’s opening are from Texas, Washington, D.C. and Arizona as their strength suggests that the film is perfectly positioned for audiences across the nation.”
Hell or High Water will head to 400-plus theaters next week.
Bleecker Street’s Anthropoid was handily the Specialty box office’s top debut grosser at $1,213,043 in 452 theaters, averaging $2,683, making it one of the summer’s highest limited release debuts under five hundred screens. “The target audience of this is adults, which is very appropriate for what Bleecker Street is all about,” said Bleecker Street’s Jack Foley, president of Distribution. “We’re carrying on with the momentum built this summer by adult-oriented films” like Eye in the Sky (Bleecker Street, $18.7M), Love and Friendship (Roadside Attractions, $13.93M), Café Society (Amazon/Lionsgate, $8.45M), Indignation (Roadside Attractions, $1.55M), Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street, $4.28M) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (The Orchard, $3.87M).
In other openers, IFC Films bowed Cannes 2015 feature Disorder in a day and date release. The title grossed $12K, averaging $6K. Disorder will head to Los Angeles next week ahead of a slow expansion in theaters. Documentary The Lost Arcade played New York’s Metrograph theater, grossing $7,500 after playing San Francisco’s Roxy the previous weekend. The Doc NYC title is a DIY release. And The Orchard opened Ghost Team theatrically after an on-demand launch in July. It grossed $9,205 in ten locations, averaging $921.
Magnolia added 8 runs for Ira Sachs’ Little Men in its second weekend. Starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle, the film grossed $52K in ten theaters, averaging $5,200. It will continue to add markets in the coming weeks. Other second week Specialty holdovers did not report numbers Sunday.
In its third weekend, SPC added 26 runs for Equity. The Sundance ’16 drama grossed $143,706 in 30 theaters, averaging $4,790. The film grossed $59,546 in four theaters last week, averaging $14,887. Its three week cume is now just over $343K.
Roadside Attractions gave James Schamus’ Indignation a sizable increase of 212 theaters, also in its third weekend. It grossed nearly $805K in 267 theaters averaging just above $3K. Indignation averaged $8,448 from a gross of $464,615 last week. Its three week cume is now $1,554,911.
In week four, The Film Arcade’s Don’t Think Twice is still showing momentum. Mike Birbiglia’s comedy grossed $367,500, crossing seven figures in total cume, averaging $5,250, about 25% lower than its $6,941 PTA last week in 57 theaters. Don’t Think Twice has totaled $1,212,772.
Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America played 345 fewer theaters in its 5th weekend vs last week, grossing $307K, averaging $939, putting it within earshot of $12 million. Already the year’s highest-grossing non-fiction title, it has now out-grossed last year’s Oscar winner Amy ($8.4 million) as well as titles like Super Size Me (2004, $11.53 million) and Winged Migration (2003, $11.68 million). Hillary’s America will likely struggle to match the gross of D’Souza’s 2016 Obama’s America, which opened during the last general election. It cumed over $33.44 million.
Bleecker Street’s Captain Fantastic easily grossed four million in its sixth weekend. In 175 theaters, it grossed $356K, averaging $2,034 giving it a total cume of $4,281,191.
Woody Allen’s Café Society is approaching $9 million en route to 8-figures which it should reach in the coming weeks. The Amazon/Lionsgate release grossed $910K in 455 theaters, averaging $2K.
And also close to another milestone is Roadside and Amazon’s Love & Friendship, now in its 14th weekend of release, the current longest reigning title in the Specialty box office. The title grossed $24,780, averaging $1,076 this weekend, giving it a cume of $13,936,917.
Anthropoid (Bleecker Street) NEW [452 Theaters] Weekend $1,213,043, Average $2,683
Disorder (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $12K, Average $6K
Ghost Team (The Orchard) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $9,205, Average $921
Hell Or High Water (CBS Films/Lionsgate) NEW [32 Theaters] Weekend $592K, Average $18,500
The Lost Arcade (26 Aries) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,500
Little Men (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $52K, Average $5,200 Cume $99,286
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Equity (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [30 Theaters] Weekend $143,706, Average $4,790, Cume $343,055
Gleason (Open Road/Amazon) Week 3 [148 Theaters] Weekend $131,322, Average $887, Cume $447,413
Indignation (Roadside Attractions) Week 3 [267 Theaters] Weekend $804,815, Average $3,014, Cume $1,554,911
Miss Sharon Jones! (Starz Digital) Week 3 [6 Theaters] Weekend $6,759, Average $1,127, Cume $36,187
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [91 Theaters] Weekend $122K, Average $1,341, Cume $4,459,686
Don’t Think Twice (The Film Arcade) Week 4 [70 Theater] Weekend $367,500, Average $5,250, Cume $1,212,772
Train to Busan (Well Go USA) Week 4 [28 Theaters] Weekend $131,500, Average $4,696, Cume $1,354,427
Café Society (Amazon/Lionsgate) Week 5 [455 Theaters] Weekend $910K, Average $2K, Cume $8,453,186
Hillary’s America (Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment) Week 5 [327 Theaters] Weekend $307K, Average $939, Cume $11,997,471
Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street) Week 6 [175 Theaters] Weekend $356,058, Average $2,034, Cume $4,281,191
The Innocents (Music Box Films) Week 7 [30 Theaters] Weekend $24K, Average $800, Cume $910,986
Life, Animated (The Orchard) Week 7 [23 Theaters] Weekend $5,700, Average $248, Cume $210,288
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (The Orchard) Week 8 [140 Theaters] Weekend $210,450, Average $1,503, Cume $3,873,572
The Music Of Strangers (The Orchard) Week 10 [21 Theaters] Weekend $13,811, Average $658, Cume $1,083,181
Love & Friendship (Roadside Attractions/Amazon) Week 14 [23 Theaters] Weekend $24,780, Average $1,076, Cume $13,936,917