No shock, Spider-Man and the like dominated the July 4th holiday weekend, mostly sidelining the specialties, save for some solid holdovers. Only a very few limited release titles braved an opening. Roadside Attractions bowed Sundance 2019 doc Marianne And Leonard: Words of Love in four New York and Los Angeles theaters to a decent start. The Nick Broomfield-directed film about the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen, grossed an estimated $44,311 in the three-day estimate, averaging $11,077.
“We picked [the holiday weekend] because there’s Spider-Man and we’ll have [the standout] specialty,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen ahead of the title’s bow earlier in the week. “It’s also a good time for docs.”
Music-related docs have had good runs with summer launches. Sony Classics’ July 2012 opener, Searching For Sugar Man, actually opened a bit slower in three locations in its opening frame, grossing over $27K, averaging $9,153. The title picked up momentum, however, eventually totaling over $3.69M. Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) had a higher PTA at $18,199 in its debut weekend in June 2013, grossing $54,596 in three theaters. The doc went on to cume over $4.8M.
Last July 4th weekend, Roadside opened Kevin Macdonald doc Whitney in 451 locations, grossing $1.26M, averaging $2,806. The feature went on to cume just over $3M. Roadside will expand Marianne And Leonard over the next several weeks, taking its location count into the low hundreds.
Also opening was Cohen Media Group’s 4K restoration of the 1982 French crime bio-drama The Return Of Martin Guerre, starring Gérard Depardieu and Nathalie Bale, in two locations. The feature grossed an estimated $9,072 in the three-day, averaging $4,536.
Sony Classics berthed Toronto doc Maiden in 24 theaters in its second weekend outing, up from six in its launch. The film grossed $147,467, averaging $6,144. The average is down only about 21% from its opening PTA of $7,822 from a $46,931 debut gross. Maiden has cumed just over $224K.
Mexican drama The Chambermaid played three additional runs in its holdover weekend, grossing $15,944 in four theaters, averaging $3,986. The Kino Lorber release had an exclusive run last weekend, grossing $5,490.
ArtAffects Entertainment’s faith-drama The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith shed 26 runs in its second frame. The title was still in a sizable 179 theaters over the holiday, grossing just under $178K for a PTA of just $994. The Other Side Of Heaven 2 has cumed $966K.
Music-drama Wild Rose played 47 additional gigs in its third weekend outing. Starring Jessie Buckley, the Neon release grossed an estimated $209K in 63 theaters, averaging $3,317. That’s only an 11% PTA drop from last weekend’s $3,725, despite the hefty jump in location count. Wild Rose has cumed $380,770.
Cannes 2019 opener The Dead Don’t Die shed 285 runs vs. its previous frame, bringing its theater count to 267 in its fourth weekend outing. Directed by Jim Jarmusch, the Focus release is estimated at $193K in the three-day, averaging $723. Last weekend the title took in $530K in 552 locations, averaging $960. It has cumed $6.31M.
A24 gave three-day and five-day holiday estimates for the fifth frame of The Last Black Man In San Francisco. The Sundance title played an additional 33 runs vs. last weekend, bringing its count to 188. Friday to Sunday, A24 reported a $476K estimate ($2,534 PTA), while its five-day estimate came to $669K ($3,559 PTA). In its previous weekend outing, the film by writer-director Joe Talbot and starring Jimmie Fails came in just shy of $447K ($2,884 PTA) in 155 locations. It has cumed over $2.73M.
Doc Pavarotti is now the highest-grossing non-fiction title by director Ron Howard with a cume now at over $2.98M. The CBS Films release grossed $470K in 250 theaters in the three-day, averaging $1,880. Howard’s 2016 release, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Yearstook in $2.93M in theaters.
Fellow music-related doc Echo In The Canyon continues to play to solid numbers, crossing $2M in its seventh weekend in theaters. The title actually increased its per theater average by 24% over last weekend, while playing an additional four runs. The Greenwich Entertainment release by Andrew Slater grossed an estimated $319K in 145 theaters in the three-day, averaging $2,334. Last weekend, Echo In The Canyon grossed $251K in 141 locations, averaging $1,780.
Marianne And Leonard: Words Of Love (Roadside Attractions) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $44,311, Average $11,077
The Return Of Martin Guerre (1982, 4K restoration) (Cohen Media Group) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $9,072, Average $4,536
The Chambermaid (Kino Lorber) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $15,944, Average $3,986, Cume $49,123
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [24 Theaters] Weekend $147,467, Average $6,144, Cume $224,216
The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire Of Faith (ArtAffects Entertainment) Week 2 [179 Theaters] Weekend $177,975, Average $994, Cume $966,425
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Wild Rose (Neon) Week 3 [63 Theaters] Weekend $209,000, Average $3,317, Cume $380,770
The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features) Week 4 [267 Theaters] Weekend $193,000, Average $723, Cume $6,310,000
The Last Black Man In San Francisco (A24) Week 5 [188 Theaters] Weekend $476,354; 5-day: $669,019, Average $2,534; 5-day: $3,559, Cume $2,731,919
Papi Chulo (Blue Fox Entertainment) Week 5 [11 Theaters] Weekend $8.813, Average $801, Cume $73,522
Pavarotti (CBS Films) Week 5 [250 Theaters] Weekend $470,000, Average $1,880, Cume $2,983,631
Echo In The Canyon (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 7 [145 Theaters] Weekend $319,046, Average $2,200, Cume $2,007,811
Halston (1091) Week 7 [4 Theaters] Weekend $3,277, Average $819, Cume $136,871
All Is True (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [23 Theaters] Weekend $12,478, Average $543, Cume $1,151,506
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon) Week 9 [107 Theaters] Weekend $127,400, Average $1,191, Cume $3,776,998
Meeting Gorbachev (1091) Week 10 [3 Theaters] Weekend $3,123, Average $1,041, Cume $235,356
The White Crow (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11 [24 Theaters] Weekend $7,311, Average $305, Cume $1,804,657
Amazing Grace (Neon) Week 15 [8 Theaters] Weekend $4,400, Average $550, Cume $4,435,780
Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 19 [5 Theaters] Weekend $3,000, Average $600, Cume $8,928,520
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