Sundance doc Studio 54 played a solo New York engagement over the weekend, taking in $15K with sold out shows. The film is the second release for filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer who also had Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood in theaters over the summer.

20th Century Fox rolled out The Hate U Give in three dozen locations, grossing a half million. Racking up the big numbers, though, was Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo, topping a million over the weekend with a $590K three-day gross in 41 theaters.

20th Century Fox

Cohen Media Group bowed fellow doc The Great Buster: A Celebration with two runs, taking in $7,234. Fox Searchlight expanded Robert Redford starrer The Old Man & The Gun to 49 theaters, grossing $385K ($7,857 average). Neon jumped Monsters And Men to 143 theaters in its second frame grossing $146K, while The Orchard planted All About Nina in 23 theaters in its second frame, taking in $13,300. Abramorama’s Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. played seven gigs for week two, grossing just shy of $32K. And Sony Classics’ Puzzle crossed $2M in its 10th outing. 

Free Solo peaked the year’s best per-theater average in its debut last weekend, and the Telluride/Toronto doc ascended to an impressive average with a second weekend expansion to 41 theaters. Released via National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment, the title grossed $590,598, averaging $14,404. Free Solo set the pace last weekend with over $300K in four locations, averaging an impressive $75K.

Sundance Selects

Noted Greenwich Entertainment Sunday: “In most multiplexes this weekend, Free Solo was consistently a solid number 3 against the big two. Week 3 expands another 100 screens including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Atlanta.”

Director David Lowery crime-drama The Old Man & The Gun expanded to 49 play dates in its second frame, grossing $385K for a solid $7,857 per theater average. Starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck, the title bowed with a $150K take in its initial five runs, averaging $30K. It has cumed over $575K.

Neon’s Monsters And Men by Reinaldo Marcus Green played an additional 125 runs in its second frame, grossing $146K in 143 theaters ($1,022 average). Monsters and Men

Abramorama’s M.I.A. doc Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., which debuted at Sundance in January, played an additional five theaters in its second outing, grossing $31,955 from 7 runs. M.I.A. bowed in two theaters last weekend grossing over $51K for a solid $25K-plus PTA.

Annapurna doubled the runs for The Sisters Brothers with John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal in its third weekend. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the Western took in $207,229 in 54 theaters, averaging $3,838. Last weekend, the title grossed $244K in 27 locations ($9K average). It has cumed $694K.

Sundance Selects doc Tea With The Dames nibbled 44 theaters in a third weekend expansion from 19 runs the weekend prior. The title took in $67,573, averaging $1,536 bringing its cume to $154,806 in theaters.

National Geographic Documentary Film played Science Fair in nine additional locations Friday to Sunday, taking in $37,350 in 36 theaters ($1,038 average). It has cumed $166,836.

And Sony Classics’ Puzzle by Marc Turtletaub and starring Kelly Macdonald crossed $2M over the weekend. Puzzle played 22 theaters, grossing $7,735 ($352 average), taking it just over the threshold for a $2,006,028 estimated finish as of Sunday.

NEW RELEASES

The Great Buster: A Celebration (Cohen Media Group) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,234, Average $3,617

Studio 54 (Zeitgeist Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend 15,000

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND

All About Nina (The Orchard) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $13,300, Average $578, Cume $48,431

Black ’47 (IFC Films) Week 2 [6 Theater] Weekend $6,093, Average $1,016, Cume $17,555

Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment) Week 2 [41 Theaters] Weekend $590,598, Average $14,404, Cume $1,005,509

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (Abramorama) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $31,955, Average $4,565, Cume $92,081

Monsters And Men (Neon) Week 2 [143 Theaters] Weekend $146,092, Average $1,022, Cume $337,654

The Old Man & The Gun (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [49 Theaters] Weekend $385,000, Average $7,857, Cume $575,455

HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS

Assassination Nation (Neon) Week 3 [15 Theaters] Weekend $7,752, Average $517, Cume $1,989,146

Colette (Bleecker Street) Week 3 [107 Theaters] Weekend $458,831, Average $4,288, Cume $1,238,386

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 3 [3 Theaters] Weekend $5,811, Average $1,937, Cume $39,127

The Sisters Brothers (Annapurna) Week 3 [54 Theaters] Weekend $207,229, Average $3,838, Cume $694,000

Tea With The Dames (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [44 Theater] Weekend $67,573, Average $1,536, Cume $154,806

Lizzie (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 4 [25 Theaters] Weekend $16,625, Average $665, Cume $611,947

Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Film) Week 4 [36 Theater] Weekend $37,350, Average $1,038, Cume $166,836

Bisbee ’17 (4th Row Films) Week 5 [13 Theaters] Weekend $7,560, Average $582, Cume $87,888

God Bless The Broken Road (Freestyle Releasing) Week 5 [53 Theaters] Weekend $21,866, Average $413, Cume $2,822,511

Pick Of The Litter (Sundance Selects) Week 6 [59 Theaters] Weekend $53,124, Average $900, Cume $453,702

Ya Veremos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 6 [37 Theaters] Weekend $22,500, Average $608, Cume $4,151,705

Beautifully Broken (ArtAffects)Week 7 [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,238, Average $1,619, Cume $1,201,422

The Bookshop (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 7 [40 Theaters] Weekend $29,880, Average $747, Cume $1,549,665

Blaze (Sundance Selects) Week 8 [80 Theaters] Weekend $36,284, Average $454, Cume $650,463

Juliet, Naked (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 8 [31 Theaters] Weekend $16,530, Average $533, Cume $3,404,117

We The Animals (The Orchard) Week 8 [7 Theaters] Weekend $2,859, Average $408, Cume $398,237

The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [358 Theaters] Weekend $403,082, Average $1,126, Cume $6,809,916

Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [22 Theaters] Weekend $7,735, Average $352, Cume $2,006,028

Three Identical Strangers (Neon) Week 15 [23 Theaters] Weekend $11,322, Average $492, Cume $12,301,078