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‘Who Will Write Our History’ Tops Slow Pack of Debuts; ‘Free Solo’ at $13.1M: Specialty Box Office – Update

UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. Who Will Write Our History can claim the highest opening per theater average of 2019 among the specialties, but it has been a slow month. After the current lull, next week’s Oscar nominations and start to Sundance should reinvigorate the specialty sector. Who Will Write, a documentary released by Abramorama, found an audience this weekend with its $12,719 gross. The portrait of a man who kept an archive of recollections in the… Read

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter Wage ‘An Acceptable Loss’; ‘The Heiresses’, ‘Adult Life Skills’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview

January continues its slow roll on the Specialty side this weekend with very few anticipated limited releases. IFC Films has the headliner of the weekend with political thriller An Acceptable Loss starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chicago Fire director Joe Chappelle wrote and directed the title after finding inspiration from two documentaries by Errol Morris. Brooklyn-based Distrib Films believes it found an under-the-radar gem in last year's Berlin Film… Read

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‘On The Basis of Sex’ & ‘Beale Street’ Expand; ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Cracks $15M: Specialty Box Office – Update

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UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. Carryovers dominated the specialty scene over the weekend, with two platform releases making especially wide breaks. Participant/Focus' On The Basis of Sex jumped to more than 1,900 theaters in its third outing, grossing more than $6.2M to boost its cume to $10.55M. Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk went past 1,000 engagements in its fifth weekend, grossing almost $2.4M to reach $7.68M to date. The sole newcomers were Cohen… Read

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‘The Aspern Papers’, ‘Rockaway’, ‘Jobe’z World’ Seek Weekend Traction – Specialty Box Office Preview

A few Specialty distributors are taking advantage of the young year's dearth of new titles to roll out smaller features they hope will grab attention away from established awards contenders. Cohen Media Group is opening The Aspern Papers today starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in a drama set in Venice. The company's Charles Cohen came on board as a producer early in the process. Paladin is handling theatrical for John J. Budion's coming… Read


‘Destroyer’ Wins the Weekend; ‘On The Basis of Sex’ Solid in Expansion; ‘Beale Street’ & ‘Cold War’ Sizzle: Specialty Box Office

Kudos to ViceThe FavouriteGreenbookA Star Is BornBlaKkKlansman, etc. for the many Golden Globe noms. But the specialty box office headlines this weekend go to Destroyer on the specialty side. The Annapurna's release, directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Globe nominee Nicole Kidman, grossed $110K in six theaters, averaging $18,335, only slightly below its opening weekend PTA.  Amazon Studios' Cold WarFocus/Participant's On The Basis of Sex played 112… Read

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‘State Like Sleep’, ‘Rust Creek’ & ‘Mojin’ Sequel Ring In 2019 – Specialty Preview

Typical to the start of a new year, specialty newcomers are rather few this weekend. Holiday and awards holdovers are still at center stage, while the Sundance Film Festival looms toward the end of the month. This weekend, Katherine Waterston, Michiel Huisman, Michael Shannon and Luke Evans star in Tribeca premiere State Like Sleep, opening Friday day-and-date via the Orchard. The film is the second narrative feature by Meredith Danluck. Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson and… Read

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‘On The Basis of Sex’ Best Of Holiday Weekend Start for Newcomers; ‘Beale Street’ Surges: Specialty Box Office

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It won't be a holiday week to remember for the specialties, unfortunately. Q4 of 2018 has generally not mirrored last year's burst of audience excitement, save for a few titles (at best), and this holiday week and weekend has not given much of a boost. Focus Features/Participant's Ruth Bader Ginsburg narrative, On The Basis of Sex, which came on the heels of the documentary box office champ, RBG from earlier this year, took the weekend's best opening per-theater… Read


‘Cold War’ Gets Warm Response; ‘Beale Street’ Solid: Specialty Box Office

Limited release newcomers were few over the weekend ahead of the Christmas rollouts, while some higher profile holdovers, including Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite, continue to get royal treatment from specialty audiences. Focus Features jumped Mary Queen of Scots to 795 theaters in its third frame, grossing $2.24M for a $2,818 per theater average, landing the title in the overall top 10. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight's The Favourite was just outside that… Read

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‘Cold War’, ‘On The Basis Of Sex’, ‘Stan & Ollie’ & ‘Destroyer’ Get Pre-Holiday Bows: Specialty Preview

Save for a few titles, high-profile awards-focused specialties have taken a back seat to last year's group. A slate of new limited releases this weekend through the rest of 2018, however, might turn the tide. Amazon Studios is opening Pawel Pawlikowski's drama-romance Cold War today. The Polish filmmaker won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film debuted in May. Focus Features is bowing On the Basis of Sex about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader… Read


‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Opens Solid as Others Bow Slowly; ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Expands with Fine: Specialty Box Office

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The weekend opening of Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk provided some box office zest in an awards season that has had its share of doldrums. Directed by Barry Jenkins, the film, which is his follow- up to the 2016 Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight, did not roll out with the apex numbers of the latter's opening frame. But Beale Street nevertheless showed solid zeal. If Beale Street Could Talk had a $219,173 take in four locations Friday to Sunday, averaging… Read

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Barry Jenkins Back With ‘Beale Street’; Lars Von Trier Has ‘House That Jack Built’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk from writer-director Barry Jenkins is among the headlining Specialty rollouts this weekend. Beale Street is the first title to come from Annapurna's three-year production deal with Plan B Entertainment. The film will have a somewhat slow rollout before going wide later next month. IFC Films is going out day and date with Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier's Cannes premiere The House That Jack Built, starring Matt Dillon. The film had… Read

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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

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UPDATED AT BOTTOM: The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning. Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight's The Favourite had the year's highest opening… Read