Magnolia Pictures’ Little Men had a solid start in its debut, topping a trickle of Specialty newcomers, two of which had decent debuts in single theaters. Directed by Ira Sachs and starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle, Little Men had the best per theater average among limited release titles this weekend from a total $32,250 gross. FilmRise’s Five Nights in Maine with Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez and David Oyelowo had the “widest” launch among the new releases with 10 theaters, grossing a slow $10K. Sony Classics’ Equity continued to show zest in its second frame, averaging $14,887 with a couple added runs, while Roadside Attractions’ Indignation played 51 additional locations in its second weekend with a gross close to a half million. And Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment’s Hillary’s America crossed $11M one month into its release.
Brooklyn-set drama Little Men had a weekend-winning launch at IFC Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, landing as the best Specialty debut in the first full weekend of August. Also starring Alfred Molina, Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz, the Sundance ’16 debut grossed $32,250, averaging $16,125. Said Sachs Sunday morning: “I’ve never made a film that I felt critics connected to my intentions as a filmmaker as closely as they have to Little Men. Magnolia has been a great partner and it’s exciting now that the audiences are finding the film now in cinemas.”
Noted Magnolia Sunday: “It was clear to us over the last week that critics were really liking Little Men – the film received more — and better — press than almost anything we’ve opened this year. And while thoughtfully realized narrative films for adults can get lost anytime of the year, but especially in the summer, audiences are responding to the film as well. Nobody makes movies about New York like Ira does.”
The title’s launch is short of the opening weekend of Sachs’ Love is Strange, which SPC opened in November 2014 in 5 theaters averaging $23,455. Love is Strange went on to cume over $2.26 million. Little Men’s opening outpaced Sachs’ 2012 feature Keep the Lights On, which opened in September 2012 also in five locations, averaging $11,115. Magnolia will take Little Men to locations in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco Friday with major markets opening throughout August and into Labor Day weekend.
Three new features reporting numbers Sunday opened in single locations. Rialto Pictures bowed a new restoration of French classic film Elevator to the Gallows (1958) at Film Forum in New York, bringing out fans. Directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau, the classic grossed $14,500 and has cumed $20K since opening Wednesday. Rialto will take Elevator to the Nuart in L.A. and the Coral Gables in Miami next Friday ahead of other major markets in the coming weeks.
Janus Films opened another restoration this weekend: John Waters’ comedy-horror Multiple Maniacs, grossing $10,244. Janus noted the irony of the film’s Friday to Sunday gross. “John Waters’ celluloid atrocity grossed more than its entire production budget on its opening night…We’re thrilled to have this long overdue restoration back in theaters and finally finding the audience it has always deserved.”
Sundance Selects bowed Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny at IFC Center, grossing $1,500. The company noted that the title didn’t play “a full schedule this weekend.” The documentary is also a day and date release.
And FilmRise’s Five Nights in Maine opened in 10 theaters with a soft start, grossing $10K ($1K average), though it was also a day and date release.
Sony Classics maintained four runs for Sundance ’16 drama Equity in its second frame grossing $59,546, giving it a still healthy $14,500 PTA. Last week’s opening in four theaters had an $80,729 gross, averaging $20,182, calculating to only an 18% drop vs the previous week.
Amazon/Open Road’s Gleason played an additional 60 theaters in its second weekend. In 69 locations, the feature grossed just over $107K, averaging $1,552. Last week the title grossed nearly $94k, averaging $10,437. Its two week cume is $241,708.
Roadside Attractions added 51 locations for the second weekend of Indignation, grossing $464,615, averaging $8,448. It had bowed in four theaters grossing $89,072 ($22,268 PTA). Its two week cume is $604,861.
IFC Films’ The Land played four more runs in week 2, grossing $8,400 ($1,400 average) vs its first week’s $12,040 in 2 theaters ($6,020 PTA) and Starz Digital’s doc Miss Sharon Jones! grossed $9K in two theaters, averaging $4,500. The title grossed $12K in a single location last week. Its two-week cume is $25,260.
In its 3rd weekend, Fox Searchlight’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie handily crossed a four million dollar cume. In 226 theaters, it grossed $340K Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,504 giving it a total estimated cume Sunday of $4,159,078.
The Film Arcade added 52 runs for Mike Birbiglia’s comedy Don’t Think Twice in its third frame. The title grossed $395,637 in 57 theaters, averaging $6,941. Last week, the film grossed $150,421 in five locations ($30,084 average). It has cumed $701,485.
Well Go USA took its Train to Busan to an additional 7 theaters also in its third weekend, continuing to chug ahead. The thriller grossed $201,222, averaging $5,590. Its weekend gross moved it across one million, giving it a cume of $1,085,807.
Woody Allen’s Café Society played 66 more runs vs last week. The Amazon/Lionsgate release grossed $1.7 million in 631 theaters, averaging $2,694. Its four week cume is now at nearly $6.8 million.
In its fourth weekend, doc Hillary’s America crossed $11 million. The title grossed $865K in 672 theaters this weekend, averaging $1,287. The feature is within earshot of director Dinesh D’Souza’s 2012 title 2016 Obama’s America, which hypothesized what this year would look like following two terms of the President in office and cumed over $33.44 million.
And Bleecker Street’s Captain Fantastic leaped well over three-and-a-half million in its fifth frame. The film grossed just over $556K, averaging $1,559, giving it a total cume of $3,552,607.
Elevator to the Gallows (Rialto Pictures) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $14,500, Cume $20K (Wed. Open)
Five Nights in Maine (FilmRise) NEW [10 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $1K
Little Men (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $32,250, Average $16,125
Multiple Maniacs (Janus Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10,244
Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny (Sundance Selects) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $1,500
Equity (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $59,546, Average $14,887, Cume $177,940
Gleason (Open Road/Amazon) Week 2 [69 Theaters] Weekend $107,090, Average $1,552, Cume $241,708
Indignation (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [55 Theaters] Weekend $464,615, Average $8,448, Cume $604,861
The Land (IFC Films) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $8,400, Average $1,400, Cume $28,629
Miss Sharon Jones! (Starz Digital) Week 2 [2 Theater] Weekend $9K, Average $4,500, Cume $25,260
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [226 Theaters] Weekend $340K, Average $1,504, Cume $4,159,078
Don’t Think Twice (The Film Arcade) Week 3 [57 Theater] Weekend $395,637, Average $6,941, Cume $701,485
Train to Busan (Well Go USA) Week 3 [36 Theaters] Weekend $201,222, Average $5,590, Cume $1,085,807
Café Society (Amazon/Lionsgate) Week 4 [631 Theaters] Weekend $1.7M, Average $2,694, Cume $6,789,811
Hillary’s America (Quality Flix/D’Souza Entertainment) Week 4 [672 Theaters] Weekend $865K, Average $1,287, Cume $11,055,946
Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street) Week 5 [363 Theaters] Weekend $556,069, Average $1,559, Cume $3,552,607
The Innocents (Music Box Films) Week 6 [48 Theaters] Weekend $66,500, Average $1,385, Cume $851,872
Life, Animated (The Orchard) Week 6 [36 Theaters] Weekend $12,430, Average $345, Cume $189,889
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (The Orchard) Week 7 [176 Theaters] Weekend $327,936, Average $1,863, Cume $3,461,669
The Music Of Strangers (The Orchard) Week 9 [37 Theaters] Weekend $20,750, Average $561, Cume $1,050,899
The Witness (FilmRise Releasing) Week 10 [1 Theaters] Weekend $1K, Cume $146,008
Weiner (Sundance Selects) Week 12 [10 Theaters] Weekend $12K, Average $1,200, Cume $1,640,720
Love & Friendship (Roadside Attractions/Amazon) Week 13 [34 Theaters] Weekend $40,120, Average $1,180, Cume $13,889,079