FilmRise’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post bowed to solid numbers in two New York locations over the weekend, grossing $53K. Directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, the Sundance Film Festival dramatic prize-winner averaged $26,500. Well Go USA opened Korean action-fantasy Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days in 48 theaters, taking in $329K for a $6,854 average, while A24 teen drama Never Goin’ Back came up short with a $10,044 launch from two runs. The company’s fellow teen feature, Eighth Grade, however, went over a thousand theaters in its fourth outing, taking in $2.87M in the three-day. Last weekend’s per theater average topper, Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood from Greenwich Entertainment, opened New York and added locations in L.A. in its second frame, grossing $43,259 ($8,652 average). Sony Pictures Classics added runs for Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle in its second weekend, grossing $128,598 for an $8K average, while Music Box’s The Captain played an extra location, taking in just over $6K from its two runs. Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate’s Blindspotting shed some runs in its third weekend, bringing its cume to $3.17M. Annapurna’s Sorry To Bother You took in $810K bringing its cume within striking distance of $15M. Neon’s Three Identical Strangers had another seven figure outing, while Won’t You Be My Neighbor crossed $21M. And forty weeks into release, Menemsha Films’ 1945 crossed $800K.
Based on the novel of the same title by Emily M. Danforth, filmmaker Desiree Akhavan’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival dramatic jury prize-winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post came out to a good opening weekend at The Quad and The Landmark 57 West in New York this weekend, grossing $53,000. The drama-romance starring Chloë Moretz as a teen sent to gay conversion therapy averaged $26,500, buoyed by Q&As in both locations Friday and Saturday by Akhavan, Moretz and other cast.
The film is also one of the best opening weekend showings for distributor FilmRise. The company’s highest-grossing release is 2017’s My Friend Dahmer, which cumed over $1.36M. The company said the title “sold out multiple showings” this weekend at both of its New York runs, marking the “highest opening weekend gross for a film in the history of the Quad.”
Commented FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher: “We are tremendously pleased with our New York City opening box office performance and look forward to our expansion to seven markets in week two.” The Miseducation Of Cameron Post will expand to L.A. as well as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle and Austin next week with additional markets planned through the rest of summer.
South Korea’s Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days bowed in 48 theaters Friday, the second installment in a two-part series beginning with Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Well Go USA, which released both stateside, reported a $329K opening frame gross for the action-fantasy, averaging $6,854. The first installment of the saga, which is based on a popular web comic about a man who dies and finds himself in the afterlife undergoing a series of trials aided by three Guardians, grossed $185,546 in its opening frame in December, 2017. It went on to cume just over $1.9M on this side of the Pacific.
Tell-all doc Scotty And the Secret History of Hollywood moved into three additional runs including an exclusive New York engagement at IFC Center this weekend. In five locations, the Greenwich Entertainment release grossed $43,259, averaging $8,652. The company said the title, directed by Matt Tyrnauer, played sell-outs at IFC Center, taking an estimated three-day $24K from the venue, while holding well at the Arclight Hollywood, where it debuted the weekend prior, placing third for the weekend. The feature’s other three L.A. runs Friday to Sunday were ‘modest,’ however.
Scotty And the Secret History of Hollywood will open major markets throughout August including Chicago and San Francisco starting Friday.
Puzzle expanded to 16 theaters in its second outing from five in its debut weekend. Directed by Marc Turtletaub, the feature starring Kelly Macdonald grossed $128,598, averaging $8,037. The drama opened last weekend grossing over $63K, averaging $12,673. Its cume is just shy of $226K.
Music Box Films added one run for The Captain for its second weekend, grossing $6,016 ($3,008 average). The Captain bowed with an exclusive run the prior weekend, taking in $8,279.
Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate’s Blindspotting played 9 fewer runs vs the previous three-day frame over the weekend, taking in $660K in 523 theaters, averaging $1,262 bringing its cume to over $3.17M. In its second outing, Blindspotting grossed over $1.3M in 532 locations, averaging nearly twenty-five hundred dollars.
Annapurna’s Sorry To Bother You nearly halved its location count, taking in 810K from 404 theaters in the three-day, upticking its third weekend average to $2,005 brining its cume to $14.91M. Directed by Boots Riley, the title played 802 runs last weekend, grossing $1.45M ($1,808 average).
Bleecker Street’s Leave No Trace by Debra Granik played 122 fewer runs in its sixth weekend vs. the previous weekend frame. The title took in $266,701, averaging $1,578. Leave No Trace grossed over $499K in 291 locations in the prior three-day, averaging $1,715. It has cumed over $5.19M.
Tim Wardle’s Sundance doc Three Identical Strangers from Neon grossed $1,053,890 in 405 theaters in its sixth weekend, averaging $2,602. In 433 locations last weekend, the title grossed over $1.27M ($2,935 average). Three Identical Strangers has cumed $8,479,819.
The year’s current holder of the year’s highest-grossing doc, Won’t You Be My Neighbor by Morgan Neville crossed $21M in its ninth outing from a $495K gross in 284 theaters.
And Menemsha Films’ drama 1945 crossed $800K this weekend. The title, which opened November 1 last year in theaters, took in $12,074 this weekend, averaging $1,208. The company said Sunday it will “keep going” until it reaches $1M.
Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days (Well Go USA) NEW [48 Theaters] Weekend $329,000, Average $6,854, Cume $439,000 (Wed. open)
The Atomic Cafe (1982 Re-release) (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $5,600, Cume $8,149 (Wed. open)
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (FilmRise) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $53,000, Average $26,500
Never Goin’ Back (A24) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $10,044, Average $5,022
The Captain (Music Box Films) Week 2 [2 Theater] Weekend $6,016, Average $3,008, Cume $18,829
Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [16 Theaters] Weekend $128,598, Average $8,037, Cume $225,936
Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $43,259, Average $8,652, Cume $80,234
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Blindspotting (Summit Entertainment/Lionsgagte) Week 3 [523 Theaters] Weekend $660,000, Average $1,262, Cume $3,172,486
Far From The Tree (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [13 Theaters] Weekend $26,664, Average $2,051, Cume $72,876
McQueen (Bleecker Street) Week 3 [34 Theaters] Weekend $181,664, Average $5,343, Cume $491,073
Dark Money (PBS Distribution) Week 4 [15 Theater] Weekend $26,525, Average $1,768, Cume $94,148
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (Amazon Studios) Week 4 [177 Theaters] Weekend $147,972, Average $836, Cume $1,208,980
Eighth Grade (A24) Week 4 [1,084 Theaters] Weekend $2,870,000, Average $2,648, Cume $6,581,474
Gauguin: Voyage To Tahiti (Cohen Media Group) Week 4 [7 Theaters] Weekend $13,793, Average $1,970, Cume $164,214
Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna) Week 5 [404 Theaters] Weekend $810,000, Average $2,005, Cume $14,916,602
Whitney (Roadside Attractions/Miramax) Week 5 [27 Theaters] Weekend $19,500, Average $722, Cume $2,947,451
Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street) Week 6 [169 Theaters] Weekend $266,701, Average $1,578, Cume $5,194,317
Three Identical Strangers (NEON/CNN Films) Week 6 [405 Theaters] Weekend $1,053,890, Average $2,602, Cume $8,479,819
The King (Oscilloscope) Week 7 [24 Theaters] Weekend $16,525, Average $689, Cume $236,550
Hearts Beat Loud (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 9 [33 Theaters] Weekend $14,132, Average $428, Cume $2,354,880
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features) Wee 9 [284 Theaters] Weekend $495,000, Average $1,750, Cume $21,032,000
American Animals (The Orchard/MoviePass Ventures) Week 10 [8 Theaters] Weekend $5,065, Average $633, Cume $2,820,018
1945 (Menemsha Films) Week 40 [10 Theaters] Weekend $12,074, Average $1,208, Cume $802,087