‘Eating Animals’ Dishes Up Solid Bow; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Strongly; ‘RBG’ Hits $10M: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. The specialty film marketplace had a mellow weekend, as Hollywood summer tentpoles dominated the conversation, though audiences did turn out for doc counter-programmers Eating Animals and Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Natalie Portman, who produced and narrates Eating Animals, which explores the consequences of factory farming, had a heavy Q&A schedule in New York for its two runs of the IFC Films/Sundance Selects release directed by… Read
‘Year Of Spectacular Men’, ‘Eating Animals’ Among Weekend Bows – Specialty Box Office Preview
Natalie Portman takes narration duties in Christopher Dillon Quinn's documentary Eating Animals, based on a memoir by Jonathan Safran Foer. The IFC Films release, which examines dietary choices, opens with two exclusive engagements in New York before heading to L.A. next week. Lea Thompson makes her feature film directorial bow with The Year of Spectacular Men, written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch and starring Zoey Deutch. The trio appeared at the New York premiere of… Read
‘Hearts Beat Loud,’ Fred Rogers Documentary Have Solid Debuts At Specialty Box Office
Two Sundance alums, Hearts Beat Loud and Won't You Be My Neighbor? bonded nicely with audiences in limited release over the weekend, beginning their theatrical runs with solid numbers.
Brett Haley's Hearts posted the higher per-theater average, debuting in four locations Friday, grossing $74,053 for an average of $18,513. Morgan Neville's Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? launched over the weekend in more than two dozen theaters, however, grossing $470K… Read
‘Hearts Beat Loud’, ‘Westwood’ & Mr. Rogers Hit The Neighborhood – Specialty Box Office Preview
A week ahead of Fathers Day weekend, Gunpowder & Sky is opening Hearts Beat Loud starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as a dad/daughter musical duo. Also featuring Ted Danson and Toni Colette, the title will open in New York and L.A. before expanding next week. Focus Features is opening Mr. Rogers Sundance fest doc Won't You Be My Neighbor? in what will very likely be a formidable contender for documentary kudos come Awards season. The title is heading to over two… Read
In Mixed Bag Of Openings, ‘American Animals’ Soars, ‘RBG’ Grosses $1.1M in Expansion: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 11:20AM PT with more numbers and analysis. In a mixed weekend for specialty openers. the leading newcomer by far is American Animals. Backed by The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures, the film grossed $140,633, averaging $35,158, one of the best debuts of 2018.
The Sundance debut was directed by Bart Layton and stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson. The strong launch offered MoviePass some positive news during an otherwise trying… Read
‘American Animals’, ‘A Kid Like Jake’ Head For The Weekend – Specialty Box Office Preview
Newcomers and A-listers crowd this weekend's batch of Specialty film arrivals. Bart Layton is making his narrative feature directorial bow with Sundance's American Animals, which The Orchard and MoviePass picked up out of the festival. The film, which had its New York premiere this week at Regal Union Square, features a mix of narrative and documentary elements. Claire Danes, Jim Parsons and Octavia Spencer star in IFC Films feature A Kid Like Jake, which also debuted at… Read
‘The Gospel According To André’ Tops Slow Holiday Weekend; ‘Pope Francis’ Crosses $1M: Specialty Box Office
Updated at 12PM PT with more numbers and analysis. Three-day numbers were being reported sporadically in the early part of Sunday ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. Tops among specialty newcomers based on these early returns is Magnolia's new documentary, The Gospel According to André, which posted the best per-theater average.
The Kate Novack-directed portrait of André Leon Talley, who is known for his long tenure as a Vogue editor and fashion-world tastemaker, grossed… Read
Elle Fanning Is ‘Mary Shelley’; Fashion’s André Talley Lands Doc – Specialty B.O. Preview
IFC Films is scaring up a narrative on Frankenstein author Mary Shelley over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Mary Shelley the movie stars Elle Fanning as the writer, whose real-life story had its own dose of the bizarre. Also noteworthy is that the film is directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour as the follow-up to her successful 2012 debut Wadjda.
Non-fiction newcomer The Gospel According to André by the filmmaking team behind hit doc The First Monday in May also… Read
‘First Reformed’ Nabs Top Spot; ‘Pope Francis’ Mixed: Specialty Box Office
UPDATED at 5:20PM PT with more numbers and analysis. Paul Schrader's dramatic thriller First Reformed, starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, handily outpaced all new limited release titles over the weekend with a per-theater average of $25,067.
The A24 newcomer played four locations Friday to Sunday, grossing $100,270, the second highest gross of any limited-release title reporting numbers this weekend. The top grosser overall was Focus Features doc Pope Francis – A Ma… Read
‘Pope Francis’ Docu Reaches Out As ‘On Chesil Beach’ Seeks Audience Intimacy – Specialty Box Office Preview
Focus Features is confident that crowds will know the man at the center of its weekend documentary release, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. The film by Wim Wenders will have a fairly wide bow by nonfiction standards, in about 300 locations in North America this weekend. Bleecker Street is going with a more traditional limited-release pattern for On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle and Emily Watson. Sundance Selects is opening That Summer, a documentary… Read
‘The Seagull’ & ‘Beast’ Top Crowded Market: ‘RBG’ Crosses $2M – Specialty Box Office
A dozen new specialty titles packed theaters this weekend. Sony Classics' The Seagull and Roadside Attractions/30WEST's Beast edged out the competition, grossing $80,607 in six locations ($13,434 average) and $52,078 in four theaters ($13,020 average) respectively.
The big screen version of Russian dramatist Anton Checkhov's The Seagull opened in six New York and Los Angeles locations Friday, scoring the best per theater average of the specialty newcomers. Directed by… Read
Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan Fly With ‘The Seagull’; Olivia Holt Studies ‘Class Rank’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
An abundance of new Specialty releases will roll into theaters and on-demand this weekend, including newcomers with Hollywood A-listers such as Sony Pictures Classics’ drama The Seagull, based on the Chekhov play and starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss. Olivia Holt, Skyler Gisondo, Kristin Chenoweth and Bruce Dern star in Cinedigm Entertainment’s comedy-romance Class Rank, making a day and date bow this weekend, while a cross-section of documentaries… Read