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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Paints Solid Start; ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ Crosses $5M: Specialty Box Office

So far, this November is comparatively slower vs. last year's somewhat more turbo-charged specialty field, coming from the likes of Lady BirdCall Me By Your Name and others. Over the weekend, CBS Films' At Eternity's Gate led the pack of limited release newcomers. The Julian Schnabel-directed title from CBS Films, starring Willem Dafoe, grossed $92K from four locations, averaging $23K, the weekend's highest per theater average. Universal release Green Book with… Read

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Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali Drive ‘Green Book’; Willem Dafoe Paints ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Universal is going limited with Peter Farrelly’s Green Book this weekend. The film, starring Oscar-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, is based on the true story of a racist bouncer hired by jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley to drive him through the South during the Jim Crow era. Julian Schnabel's latest, At Eternity's Gate, heads out via CBS Films. Starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, the project came together after a visit by Schnabel and… Read

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‘El Angel’ Blessed With OK Bow; ‘Chef Flynn’ Solid, ‘Boy Erased’ Expands: Specialty Box Office

Star-driven specialties mostly took a pause this weekend, though the big ticket awards-release Friday, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Netflix, had a courtesy theatrical release in a few Landmark theater locations, giving the Coen brothers release the watermarks of an awards release. The focus is still on its core streaming service, so box office numbers are not released by Netflix. But a quick check at the theater website shows the musical-Western… Read

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Netflix’s ‘Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’ Hits Big Screen; ‘In A Relationship’, ‘Chef Flynn’ & ‘El Angel’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The stream of fall rollouts continues, although at a bit slower pace on the specialty box office front compared with recent weekends. Among them however is the Coen brothers' anticipated The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, with Netflix beginning a very limited theatrical run today in New York at The Landmark 57 West, at The Landmark Los Angeles and the Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco. Buster Scruggs is one of three Netflix films — along with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and… Read

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‘Boy Erased’ With Robust Bow; ‘A Private War’ Aims OK: Specialty Box Office

Joel Edgerton's drama Boy Erased from Focus Features handily topped the weekend's slate of specialty releases. The Telluride and Toronto debut starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Edgerton grossed a robust $220K in five New York and Los Angeles locations. It averaged an estimated $44K, the thirteenth-highest opening weekend per-theater average of 2018 as of Sunday morning. Focus reported a strong Friday to Saturday boost. Aviron… Read

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Lucas Hedges Is ‘Boy Erased’; Rosamund Pike & Jamie Dornan Top ‘A Private War’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

November's first weekend is usually a crowded one at the Specialty box office, and this year is no different. Lucas Hedges stars with Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and director Joel Edgerton in Boy Erased from Focus Features. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman's A Private War from Aviron Pictures is the first narrative feature from the director of Oscar-nominated documentary Cartel Land. Starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci and Tom Hollander, the film opens in four… Read

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’Suspiria’ Opens Big with Year’s Best Average; ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Solid: Specialty Box Office

Luca Guadagnino had last year's best opening per theater average with Call Me By Your Name, and he's followed it up in 2018. Amazon Studios' Suspiria, starring Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloë Moretz, grossed an impressive $179,806 in its initial two runs this weekend, eclipsing the competition. Well Go USA opened Korean mystery-drama Burning to a solid start, taking in $28,650, averaging $14,325. Scandinavian thriller Border ushered into seven locations… Read

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Luca Guadagnino Reimagines ‘Suspiria’; Frederick Wiseman Visits ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

After last year’s stateside success with Call Me By Your Name, Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is back with a "re-imagining" of Dario Argento's 1970s classic Suspiria. The update, which stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz, heads to theaters this weekend via Amazon Studios. Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is out with his latest film, Monrovia, Indiana. Wiseman, who helped define the big screen non-fiction genre over the… Read

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Melissa McCarthy Deceives In ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; Paul Dano Directs ‘Wildlife’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Can You Ever Forgive Me

Following a nearly ten-year journey, Can You Ever Forgive Me? hits theaters this weekend via Fox Searchlight. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, and based on the true story of celebrity biographer Lee Israel, the film will have a platform start this weekend en route to several hundred runs. The feature is one of several Specialty titles heading into release with name casts and possible awards hopes. Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with Wildlife, which… Read


‘Beautiful Boy’ Tops Not-So-Hot Weekend; ‘Free Solo’ Over $2.1M: Specialty Box Office

Amazon Studios opened Beautiful Boy to one of the year's best debut weekend per theater averages. Starring Steve Carell and Timothy Chalamet, Beautiful Boy grossed $221,437 in four theaters, averaging $55,359, the fourth highest debut PTA of 2018. PBS Distribution's Charm City did just that in an exclusive run, taking in $10,854. Sony Classics bowed Rupert Everett directorial debut The Happy Prince in 8 locations to a slower start, taking in… Read

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Timothée Chalamet & Steve Carell Bring ‘Beautiful Boy’; Ike Barinholtz Takes ‘The Oath’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Timothée Chalamet charmed audiences last fall with his Oscar-nominated performance in Call Me By Your Name. This season he's opposite Steve Carell in bio-drama Beautiful Boy, based on two best-selling memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff. The feature, from Amazon Studios, opens this weekend in New York and L.A., leading to national expansions in early November. Rupert Everett comes out with his directorial debut, The Happy Prince, based on the final days of Oscar… Read


‘Studio 54’ And ‘Free Solo’: It’s Still All About The Parties – Specialty Box Office

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… Read