Buzz mounts at the Toronto Film Festival, but for theatrical releases, the specialties have been taking it slow this weekend. IFC Films’ J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel In the Rye easily had the best start among the few reporting newcomers, grossing $44,280 in its initial four locations. The Orchard opened documentary Trophy with an exclusive run Friday taking in $3,474, while China Lion bowed its last-minute pick-up Twenty Two with 11 runs for a $20K weekend. A bright spot was PBS Distribution’s Sundance doc Dolores, which grossed a solid $53,610 in five theaters in its second frame. Pantelion/Lionsgate’s Do It Like an Hombre remained in 382 locations in its second weekend grossing $375K and IFC Films added runs for historical drama Viceroy’s House grossing over $148K in week 2. TWC’s Tulip Fever went slow with some added runs in its second frame grossing $285,300 in 772 theaters. And Sony Pictures Classics’ Maudie crossed $6M thirteen weeks into its theatrical release.
Danny Strong’s Rebel In the Rye starring Nicholas Hoult as the young Salinger opened in four locations Friday. The Sundance Fest debut also starring Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson grossed $44,280, giving it a per theater average of $11,070, making it the highest per theater average among this weekend’s Specialties. IFC Films called it a “solid” opening Sunday. The distributor added that it is “excited to aggressively platform the film” to the top 100 markets throughout September.
The Orchard bowed Sundance documentary Trophy exclusively at the Quad in New York Friday. The title directed by Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau grossed $3,474. The feature will likely get a push as it opens next weekend at the Laemmle Santa Monica where Alec Baldwin will moderate a discussion with the filmmakers. Trophy will also play 100-plus locations across the country as one-night event screenings via theatrical on-demand group, TUGG. Trophy will play 50 markets in traditional release in major markets in the coming weeks.
Said The Orchard’s Paul Davidson this week about the film: “There are a lot of folks who are not typically documentary-goers like hunters and folks in middle America who are interested in this and that’s seen in the TUGG [events].”
Chinese documentary Twenty Two headed out to 11 theaters on this side of the Pacific. The film by Guo Ke grossed $20K, averaging $1,818. The film has shown strong momentum at home where it has grossed over $25M, according to distributor China Lion, which picked up the title last-minute for release here hoping to tap enthusiasm among expats Chinese first-languagers living in North America.
Noted the company’s Robert Lundberg earlier in the week: “For the most part there is a correlation between theatrical box office success in the Mainland and elsewhere in the world, provided the marketing materials reflect the change of locale and the expectations of both Chinese speakers and non-Chinese speakers.”
PBS Distribution added four runs for its documentary Dolores for week 2 in its release. Dolores grossed $53,610 in five locations, averaging a good $10,722, just 24% below its opening PTA of $14,125 from its exclusive bow last weekend. Dolores has cumed $70,900.
IFC Films’ Viceroy’s House starring Hugh Bonneville played 37 additional locations vs. its opening weekend. In 41 theaters, the historical drama set against the waning days of British rule in India took in $148,461, averaging $3,621. In its opener, the title grossed $44,736, averaging $11,184. The film, which is also available on-demand, has cumed $220,214.
Pantelion/Lionsgate kept Do It Like an Hombre in 382 locations for the title’s second weekend. Hombre grossed $375K, averaging $982. While the PTA isn’t spectacular, it is down only 9% from its three-day average in its debut. It has cumed $2.02M.
TWC added seven runs for Tulip Fever in its second weekend. The title grossed $285,300 in 772 locations, averaging $370, down about 76% from its $1,588 first weekend PTA. Tulip Fever has cumed over $1.93M.
Neon added 26 theaters for Beach Rats in its third weekend. In 34 locations, the Sundance Fest debut grossed $72,591 for a $2,135 PTA. Last weekend, the film by Eliza Hittman and starring Harris Dickinson grossed $44,607 in the 3-day, averaging $5,576. Beach Rats has a cume of $208,446.
Oscilloscope’s Polina grossed $23K in 15 theaters this weekend ($1,533 average). Friday to Sunday last weekend, the film grossed $22K, averaging $5,500. It has cumed $75,663.
California Typewriter from Gravitas Ventures played five additional locations in week 4. The film grossed $21,551 averaging $1,347. Last weekend’s three-day gross for the film was $31,292 ($2,845 average). Typewriter has cumed just under $93K.
Amazon Studios/IFC Films added 44 theaters for Crown Heights in its fourth frame. The title grossed $36,630 in 99 locations, averaging just $370. The film grossed $63,250 in 55 theaters last weekend Friday to Sunday. It has cumed $213,630.
And SPC’s Maudie crossed $6M in is 13th weekend of release. The film grossed $43,894 in 79 theaters over the weekend, averaging $556 placing its cumulative estimate at $6,017,821.
Rebel In the Rye (IFC Films) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $44,280, Average $11,070
Trophy (The Orchard) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,474
Twenty Two (China Lion) NEW [11 Theaters] Weekend $20,000, Average $1,818
Do It Like An Hombre (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 2 [382 Theaters] Weekend $375,000, Average $982, Cume $2,021,851
Dolores (PBS Distribution) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $53,610, Average $10,722, Cume $70,900
Heat And Dust (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,944, Average $972, Cume $19,855
Tulip Fever (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [772 Theaters] Weekend $285,300, Average $370, Cume $1,935,520
Viceroy’s House (IFC Films) Week 2 [41 Theaters] Weekend $148,461, Average $3,621, Cume $220,214
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Beach Rats (Neon) Week 3 [34 Theaters] Weekend $72,591, Average $2,135, Cume $208,446
Polina (Oscilloscope) Week 3 [15 Theaters] Weekend $23,000, Average $1,533, Cume $75,663
Served Like A Girl (Entertainment Studios Motion) Week 3 [1 Theater] Weekend $505, Cume $8,153
California Typewriter (Gravitas Ventures) Week 4 [16 Theaters] Weekend $21,551, Average $1,347, Cume $92,827
Crown Heights (Amazon Studios/IFC Films) Week 4 [99 Theaters] Weekend $36,630, Average $370, Cume $213,630
Gook (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 4 [20 Theaters] Weekend $20,385, Average $1,019, Cume $223,222
Marjorie Prime (FilmRise) Week 4 [12 Theaters] Weekend $22,000, Average $1,833, Cume $127,614
Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [189 Theaters] Weekend $68,000, Average $360, Cume $722,496
Good Time (A24) Week 5 [75 Theaters] Weekend $67,680, Average $902, Cume $1,879,121
Ingrid Goes West (Neon) Week 5 [200 Theaters] Weekend $152,865, Average $764, Cume $2,752,965
The Only Living Boy In New York (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 5 [23 Theaters] Weekend $12,360, Average $537, Cume $608,764
The Trip To Spain (IFC Films) Week 5 [125 Theaters] Weekend $125,000, Average $1,000, Cume $775,271
Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) Week 6 [36 Theaters] Weekend $90,702, Average $2,520, Cume $526,557
We Love You, Sally Carmichael! (Purdie Distribution) Week 6 [7 Theaters] Weekend $2,044, Average $292, Cume $108,383
Wind River (The Weinstein Company) Week 6 [2,890 Theaters] Weekend $3,210,200, Average $1,111, Cume $25,002,192
Menashe (A24) Week 7 [117 Theaters] Weekend $123,540, Average $1,056, Cume $1,467,624
The Little Hours (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 11 [13 Theaters] Weekend $15,320, Average $1,178, Cume $1,623,366
The Big Sick (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) Week 12 [535 Theaters] Weekend $480,000, Average $897, Cume $42,028,894
Lost In Paris (Oscilloscope) Week 13 [17 Theaters] Weekend $15,000, Average $882, Cume $609,578
Maudie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [79 Theaters] Weekend $43,894, Average $556, Cume $6,017,821
The Hero (The Orchard) Week 14 [29 Theaters] Weekend $11,739, Average $405, Cume $4,071,497
Love, Kennedy (Purdie Distribution) Week 15 [15 Theaters] Weekend $617, Average $154, Cume $394,550