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‘The Mustang’ Bucks Top Average in Crowded Weekend; ‘Oscar Shorts’ at $3.5M: Specialty Box Office

Major specialty distributors and boutique labels launched a number of new titles in theaters and beyond this weekend in the most crowded weekend of the year. Audiences, though, were finite. In the end, a drama by a first-time feature director, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, is estimated to have the weekend's highest per-theater average. Clermont-Tonnerre's Sundance 2019 film, The Mustang is estimated to have grossed $76K in four New York and L.A. theaters… Read

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‘Gloria Bell’ Is The Belle Of The Newcomers; ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits $1.3M Weekend: Specialty Box Office

Sebastián Lelio's Gloria Bell handily took the best specialty debut mantle this weekend with one of the highest opening weekend per-theater averages for a limited release title this year. The film dominated, as the specialty universe converged at the start of the weekend at SXSW. The A24 feature starring Julianne Moore, John Turturro and Michael Cera grossed an estimated $154,775 in the three-day, averaging $30,955. Gloria Bell is the re-imagined English-language and… Read

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Julianne Moore Channels ‘Gloria Bell’; J.K. Simmons Leads ‘I’m Not Here’: Specialty Preview

Director Sebastián Lelio is revisiting a character that charmed audiences back in 2014. Gloria Bell, starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, is the English-language reimagining of the filmmaker's box office hit Gloria. A24 is opening the title in New York and L.A., which should be the headliner among the weekend's specialty newcomers. Fellow Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons stars in drama I'm Not Here, heading out day-and-date from Gravitas Ventures. Documentary Ferrante Fe… Read

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‘Climax’ Catapults to Weekend’s Best PTA; Sundance’s ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits at $1.65M IMAX: Specialty Box Office

A few newcomers shined among the specialties on the weekend following the Oscars, while Oscar winners The Favourite and Free Solo added runs to take advantage of a post-Awards bounce. A24 drama-horror Climax by Gaspar Noé took the weekend's highest per-theater average. A debut out of last year's Cannes Directors Fortnight, Climax grossed an estimated $121,655 in five locations, averaging $24,331.  Epic doc Apollo 11 by Todd Douglas Miller launched exclusively in IMAX… Read

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‘Apollo 11’ Doc Launches In Imax; Matt Smith Crowns ‘Mapplethorpe’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Just shy of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Neon's Apollo 11 is taking one giant leap into well over a hundred Imax theaters this weekend. The feature film, by Todd Douglas Miller and compiled from extensive very rarely seen large format footage of the mission, is one of the first big 2019 Sundance Film Festival debuts to hit theaters. The title joins a decent number of new Specialty releases Friday, which follows an Oscar-weekend lull. The Crown and Doctor… Read

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Limited Release Newcomers Mostly Flat; Spirit Winner ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Nears $14.5M: Specialty Box Office

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Specialty audiences must be concentrating on Oscar-watching prep. New releases did not have any breakouts, while holdovers had mixed results. The best per-theater average specialty debut goes to Oscilloscope's Wrestle, which had an exclusive New York bow for $7,100. Incidentally, the company's second weekend holdover, Catvideofest 2019, ranked up there in a slow Awards weekend, grossing $12,250 in two theaters for a $6,125 PTA.  The widest specialty debut this… Read

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Roadside’s ‘Run The Race’, Bollywood ‘Total Dhamaal’ Set For Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

With the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards set for this weekend, higher profile Specialty newcomers are mostly taking a step back. Roadside Attractions however is going for a nearly wide roll out of family-faith-drama Run The Race, a genre it has had success with in the past. Bollywood is also stepping out in North America in a couple hundred locations with comedy Total Dhamaal, in conjunction with a release in over 50 countries. Oscilloscope is opening San… Read

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Sundance’s ‘Fighting With My Family’ Slugs A Winning Open; ‘2019 Oscar Shorts’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

Just weeks after playing at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, bio-dramedy Fighting With My Family by director Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is having a fighting round over the holiday weekend. The MGM release won the weekend, coming in with over $131K in the three-day in four theaters, averaging nearly $33K. The title's four-day estimate at over $163K brings its per theater average to $40,896. That was the weekend's best per theater average… Read

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Jamie Bell Wages A ‘Donnybrook’; ‘Birds Of Passage’ Takes Flight – Specialty Box Office Preview


A sizable group of Specialty films are heading into theaters over the Presidents Day weekend as distributors bring out new work beyond the glare of Awards Season. IFC Films is opening Tim Sutton's Donnybrook with Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo and Margaret Qualley in theaters Friday, followed by on-demand platforms on February 22. Sony Pictures Classics is heading out with animated feature, Ruben Brandt, Collector. The company had become aware of the Hungarian feature after… Read

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‘Everybody Knows’, ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’, ‘To Dust’ Among Weekend Arrivals – Specialty Box Office Preview

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Iranian-born director Asghar Farhadi is among an exclusive group of filmmakers to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar twice. For his latest film, Everybody Knowshe's cast Spanish-born Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, with Focus Features opening the largely Spanish-language film stateside this weekend to begin a slow roll out. Also among the weekend's new Specialty lineup is Kino Lorber documentary The Gospel of Eureka by Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, centering on… Read


‘Arctic’ Takes Lead On A Cold Weekend; Oscar Nominee ‘Never Look Away’ Has Solid Week-Two Hold: Specialty Box Office

UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. It's a bit of a forgettable weekend on the specialty side of the box office, though not as worrisome as the mainstream retreat from multiplexes on the worst Super Bowl weekend gross in nearly two decades. Sony Classics' second-weekend holdover, Never Look Away, took bragging rights for the best per-theater average for the weekend. The Best Foreign Language Oscar nominated feature by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck grossed $19,033… Read

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Mads Mikkelsen Attempts Survival in ‘Arctic’; Robert Schwartzman Spots ‘The Unicorn’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

With the Sundance Film Festival coming to a close, Oscar nominations out and Specialty distributors looking ahead, this weekend will have more new limited releases than the last few, post-holidays weekends. Bleecker Street is opening Joe Penna's Arctic starring Mads Mikkelsen as a man stranded near the North Pole following a plane crash. The Orchard is opening The Unicorn by Robert Schwartzman, who hosted an event at Sundance last weekend. Starring Nick Rutherford who… Read