With the Sundance Film Festival in full swing and the inauguration and subsequent protests drawing attention, the Specialty box office seemed mostly quiet over the weekend. Sony Pictures Classics opened its Cannes-winning animated feature The Red Turtle, grossing $21,811, while end-of-year holdovers added locations. A24/Annapurna’s 20th Century Women expanded by over six hundred locations in its fourth weekend, grossing more than $1.4M. Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street’s Paterson played an additional two-dozen runs in its fourth frame, taking $123,560, and SPC added 11 theaters for Julieta in its fifth weekend, grossing just under $94K. Lionsgate’s La La Land continues to charm as it entrenches itself in wide release, placing fifth in the overall box office this weekend (and with far fewer theaters than those in the top four slots). A24’s Moonlight, now in its 14th weekend, is closing in on $16 million. Figures for newcomers besides Red Turtle had not been reported as of late Sunday morning.
Cannes ’16 animation title The Red Turtle opened in three locations Friday, grossing a three-day estimate of $21,811, averaging $7,270, giving it a cume of $39,435 (including an Academy qualifying run). The dialogue-free feature, developed with Japan’s Studio Ghibli and directed by Dutch filmmaker Michadel Dudok de Wit (Oscar-winner for 2000’s Best Short Animated film Father and Daughter), won a Special Jury prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. De Wit noted last week that the feature had a strong 400K admissions in France.
“We are happy with the opening especially as we competed with the inauguration and protests,” commented SPC co-president Michael Barker Sunday from Park City. “We are hoping for an Oscar nomination on Tuesday. We will open slowly around the country but go a little quicker and wider should the film get the nomination for best animated feature.”
A24 did not report numbers as of Sunday morning for British crime-drama Trespass Against Us starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, though the company did give weekend box office figures for its other films currently in theatrical release including 20th Century Women (released with Annapurna).
20th Century Women starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig took in $1.4M in 650 theaters, for a per theater average of $2,155. The title, directed by Mike Mills, played an additional 621 locations over last weekend, while its PTA declined nearly 80% from last week’s $10,606 average. The critically well-received film over $307,000 in 29 theaters last week. Its four-week cume is now over $2.3M.
Among holdovers, it is of course Damien Chazelle’s La La Land that sets the bar. The multiple Golden Globe-winner starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling grossed $8.35M in 1,865 locations ($4,477 average) ranking fifth in the overall box office for the weekend. La La Land is firmly in wide release, though actually in just 17 more locations vs. last weekend. The title opened in five theaters in early December and remained in limited release until after the New Year. La La Land’s theater count was actually much lower vs the top four films this weekend, including Universal’s Split (3,038), Paramount’s The Return of Xander Cage (3,651), 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures, which also had a limited bow (3,416) and Universal’s Sing (3,193). La La Land has now cumed over $89.68M and crossing the $100M threshold soon is basically assured.
Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street added nine runs for Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson in its fourth weekend. In 38 locations, Paterson grossed $123,560, averaging $3,251. Last weekend, the film starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani took in $95,287, averaging $6,806. Paterson has now cumed $541,953 in theaters.
Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta played 11 more locations vs the week prior. The Spanish-language title grossed $93,813 in 40 theaters, averaging $2,345. Last weekend, the feature grossed over $132,000, averaging $4,564. Its five-week cume is now $675,449. The company also added a run for Germany’s Best Foreign Language shortlisted feature Toni Erdmann. The feature grossed $27,256 in six locations, averaging $4,543. Toni Erdmann grossed nearly $41,000 last weekend in five theaters, averaging $8,193. The title’s five week cume is $262,333.
The Weinstein Company’s Lion remained in 575 locations in its 9th weekend in release. Lion grossed $1.8M Friday to Sunday, averaging $3,155, a less than 20% drop from last weekend’s $3,923 PTA. Lion has now cumed nearly $16.4M.
Manchester By the Sea grossed over $995,000 in 543 theaters in its tenth frame, averaging $1,832. The Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions release played 183 fewer runs vs. last weekend when it grossed over $1.74M in 726 locations, averaging $2,403. Manchester By the Sea’s cume is now over $38.9M.
And A24’s Golden Globe-winning Moonlight is inching closer to $16M. Moonlight grossed $633,744 in 489 theaters over the weekend, averaging $1,296.
The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $21,811, Average $7,270, Cume $39,435 (includes qualifying gross)
Some Like It Hot (China Lion) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $13,000, Average $3,250, Cume $75,250
Worlds Apart (Cinema Libre) Week 2 [2 Theater] Weekend $12,400, Average $6,200, Cume $37,407
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
20th Century Women (Annapurna/A24) Week 4 [650 Theaters] Weekend $1,400,750, Average $2,155, Cume $2,327,391
Paterson (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 4 [38 Theaters] Weekend $123,560, Average $3,251, Cume $541,953
A Monster Calls (Focus Features) Week 5 [42 Theaters] Weekend $19,080, Average $454, Cume $3,729,879
Julieta (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [40 Theaters] Weekend $93,813, Average $2,345, Cume $675,449
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [6 Theaters] Weekend $27,256, Average $4,543, Cume $262,333
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 6 [25 Theaters] Weekend $47,330, Average $1,893, Cume $343,636
La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 7 [1,865 Theaters] Weekend $8,350,000, Average $4,477, Cume $89,680,497
Jackie (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [239 Theaters] Weekend $365,000, Average $1,527, Cume $11,267,840
Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 9 [575 Theaters], Weekend $1,814,000, Average $3,155, Cume $16,396,530
Manchester By The Sea (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 10 [543 Theaters] Weekend $995,475, Average $1,832, Cume $38,943,971
Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features) Week 10 [43 Theaters] Weekend $33,405, Average $777, Cume $10,637,409
Elle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [143 Theaters] Weekend $119,533, Average $836, Cume $1,595,769
The Eagle Huntress (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [74 Theaters] Weekend $68,724, Average $929, Cume $2,744,257
Loving (Focus Features) Week 13 [33 Theaters] Weekend $14,420, Average $437, Cume $7,694,096
Moonlight (A24) Week 14 [489 Theaters] Weekend $633,744, Average $1,296, Cume $15,826,125