Golden Globe nominees have been solid overall at the Specialty box office during Golden Globes weekend, even though tempered somewhat by the snow and ice in the Northeast. Lionsgate’s La La Land went full throttle into wide release Friday grossing $10 million, while Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions’ Manchester By The Sea scaled back a bit from the previous weekend, though still in over a thousand locations taking more than $2.47 million Friday to Sunday. Annapurna/A24’s 20th Century Women played an additional half dozen theaters in its second weekend grossing nearly $143K, while The Weinstein Company added runs for its awards nominee Lion, grossing just over $2 million in its seventh frame. Well Go USA, meanwhile, bowed Jackie Chan’s Railroad Tigers, grossing $127,600 in over a few dozen locations and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson headed into its second weekend grossing over $70,000 from seven runs. And Golden Globe nominees Elle from Sony Classics and A24’s Moonlight topped box office thresholds over the weekend.
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Lionsgate’s La La Land heads into tonight’s Golden Globes with six nominations including Best Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Director. The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, went wide this weekend after spending its first month in limited release. Lionsgate estimated Sunday the title grossed $10 million Friday to Sunday in over 1,500 theaters, averaging $6,601 and placing it fifth in the overall box office. The film’s five-week cume is now over $51.6 million.
Manchester By The Sea has five Globe nominations including Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director for Kenneth Lonergan. Over the weekend, the title starring nominee Casey Affleck took in over $2.47 million in 1,054 theaters, averaging $2,347. Manchester’s 8-week cume is now over $33.8 million.
Both Manchester and La La Land are running ahead of last year’s late fall Specialty box office stars Spotlight and Brooklyn. They are not exact parallels, in part since the latter titles opened just days apart in early November 2015, while La La Land and Manchester bowed three weeks apart. Brooklyn had cumed $22.43 million as of last year’s Golden Globes weekend, while Spotlight — which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars — had totaled $28.55 million by that point. Spotlight ultimately cumed just over $45 million at the domestic box office, while Brooklyn had over $38.32 million.
Both Manchester and La La Land have spent fewer weeks in release than Spotlight and Brooklyn as of Globes weekend, but are showing comparatively greater momentum. La La Land, just now going wide, may very well double Spotlight’s final gross if not higher.
A24’s 20th Century Women has two Globe nominations including Best Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in the same category for Annette Bening. The company added six runs for the title Friday, grossing $142,282 over the weekend, averaging $14,282. Over New Years weekend, the feature bowed in four theaters grossing a five-day total of over $180,000. A24 said Sunday that the film continues to “excel in both arthouse and commercial theaters,” adding that exit polls indicating audiences have been “won over by the film,” and in particular by Bening. 20th Century Women will expand regionally this weekend leading up to a nationwide break on January 20.
Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street’s Paterson by Jim Jarmusch also added a few runs for its second weekend in theaters. Paterson grossed $70,268 in seven locations, averaging a solid $10,038. The film, starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, took in just over $69,000 over three days last weekend in four theaters, averaging $17,334. Its two-week cume is now just under $222,000.
There were few new specialty releases this weekend, and even fewer reporting numbers Sunday. Well Go USA’s Railroad Tigers with Jackie Chan opened in 43 locations Friday. The title grossed $127,600, giving it a $2,967 per theater average.
The company said the weather likely affected its debut in addition to the fact it did not open day and date at home on the other side of the Pacific. “I think it’s a good start. Our markets unfortunately line up pretty well with markets that the weather took a bite out of this weekend, but despite that it’s a solid opening, especially for a film that’s not coming out the same day as China as our films often do,” noted Well Go USA’s Dylan Marchetti Sunday. “We’ll be adding additional theaters next weekend, and we’ll be looking forward to our second Jackie Chan film of the month, Kung Fu Yoga, day and date with the Chinese release on January 27.”
Focus Features went wide with A Monster Calls in its third weekend. The title grossed just over $2.01M in 1,523 theaters, averaging a slow $1,326. Last weekend, the feature was in only four locations. It grossed $28,325 over four days New Years weekend, averaging $7,081. Its three-week cume is now $2.11M.
CBS Films/Lionsgate maintained the same seven locations for Patriots Day with Mark Wahlberg in its third frame. The title grossed $105K, averaging $15K. Patriots Day had a four-day gross of $200K last weekend, averaging $28,571. CBS Films noted that three of its locations were in winter storm-plagued Boston, which had some affect on its results. Patriots Day has cumed $870,400 and will expand nationwide next Friday.
Natalie Portman is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role in Jackie, which played 353 theaters in week 6 of its release. The Fox Searchlight title grossed $1M, averaging $2,833. Its theater count is down by six locations vs New Years weekend when it grossed $1.55M (3-day), averaging $4,318. Jackie is closing in on eight figures. The titles cume is now just under $9.2M.
TWC’s Lion has four nominations at tonight’s Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama. The company added 75 runs for the title over the previous weekend, grossing just over $2.02M in 600 theaters, averaging $3,368, placing it 12th in the overall box office as of Sunday morning. Lion grossed over $2.94M in 525 locations last weekend (4-day), averaging $5,610. Lion is also closing in on eight figures, totaling over $9.81M in seven weeks.
Sony Classics’ Toni Erdmann, Julieta and Elle as well as The Orchard’s Neruda are four foreign-language nominees currently in release. Germany’s Toni Erdmann (also on Oscar’s short list) opened Christmas day. The title grossed $34,737 in three locations over the weekend, averaging $11,579, giving it a $161,128 cume. Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta played 17 runs, taking in just under $108K, averaging $6,351 for a three-week cume of $353,788. And Elle, which is also nominated in the foreign-language category as well as Best Actress in a Drama for Isabelle Huppert, grossed $50,492 in 36 locations in its ninth weekend of release, averaging $1,403. Elle crossed the million threshold, landing at $1,018,387.
The Orchard’s Chilean nominee Neruda with Gael García Bernal grossed $32,183 in nine locations over the weekend, averaging $3,576. Its nine-week cume is now $203,522.
Focus Features’ Loving has two acting nominations for stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the drama category. In its 11th weekend, the title grossed $46,330, averaging $713 in 65 theaters. It has cumed over $7.59M.
And hitting the three-month mark in its release this weekend, A24’s Moonlight by Barry Jenkins heads into the Globes with six nominations including Best Motion Picture – Drama. Moonlight played 135 theaters, grossing $358,225, averaging $2,654 Friday to Sunday. The gross sailed Moonlight to an estimated $13,262,484 as of Sunday morning.
Railroad Tigers (Well Go USA) NEW [43 Theaters] Weekend $127,600, Average $3,038
20th Century Women (A24) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $142,824, Average $14,282, Cume $395,412
Paterson (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $70,268, Average $10,038, Cume $221,960
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
A Monster Calls (Focus Features) Week 3 [1,523 Theaters] Weekend $2,019,350, Average $1,326, Cume $2,110,842
Julieta (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [17 Theaters] Weekend $107,968, Average $6,351, Cume $353,788
Live By Night (Warner Bros.) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $28K, Average $7K, Cume $169,490
Silence (Paramount Pictures) Week 3 [51 Theaters] Weekend $480K, Average $9,411, Cume $862K
Patriots Day (CBS Films/Lionsgate) Week 3 [7 Theaters] Weekend $105K, Average $15K, Cume $870,400
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $34,737, Average $11,579, Cume $161,128
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 4 [9 Theaters] Weekend $32,183, Average $3,576, Cume $203,522
La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 5 [1,515 Theaters] Weekend $10M, Average $6,601, Cume $51,656,587
Jackie (Fox Searchlight) Week 6 [353 Theaters] Weekend $1M, Average $2,833, Cume $9,196,551
Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [600 Theaters], Weekend $2,021,000, Average $3,368, Cume $9,813,719
Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 8 [1,054 Theaters] Weekend $2,473,985, Average $2,347, Cume $33,814,342
Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features) Week 8 [73 Theaters] Weekend $88,760, Average $1,216, Cume $10,429,064
Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [36 Theaters] Weekend $50,492, Average $1,403, Cume $1,018,387
The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [94 Theaters] Weekend $113,297, Average $1,205, Cume $2,495,555
Loving (Focus Features) Week 11 [65 Theaters] Weekend $46,330, Average $713, Cume $7,591,432
Moonlight (A24) Week 12 [135 Theaters] Weekend $358,225, Average $2,654, Cume $13,262,484
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