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Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal Go ‘Blindspotting’; Bleecker Street Opens ‘McQueen’ – Specialty B.O. Preview


Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate is opening Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal in limited locations this weekend ahead of a wider roll out. Starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who co-wrote the comedy/drama, the feature came together after a decade of planning. Blindspotting is the highest-profile narrative opening in select locations this weekend. Friday will also see the arrival of several documentaries. Bleecker Street is opening McQueen by Ian Bonhôte… Read

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‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham's Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. The figure tops Searchlight's Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011. Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant's latest, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday… Read

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Joaquin Phoenix Teams With Gus Van Sant; Rob Reiner Gives ’Shock And Awe’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Joaquin Phoenix stars in his second Specialty release in the last few months with Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot, with Jonah Hill and Rooney Mara. Amazon Studios is opening the title in several locations in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a wider roll out. The title will likely headline a fairly busy weekend of Specialty newcomers given the tentpole season. Rob Reiner put up his own money to finance, in part, his latest directorial effort Shock And A… Read

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‘Sorry To Bother You,’ Annapurna Says; ‘Whitney’ Docu Takes The Stage: Specialty Box Office Preview

Sundance debut Sorry to Bother You opens in seven markets this weekend via Annapurna, which picked up the title out of the festival. Written and directed by Boots Riley, the genre-bending fantasy-sic-fi stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Cannes 2018 doc Whitney will go out in well several hundred locations, hoping to tap the momentum of docs RBG, Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers, which have had robust theatrical runs this spring/summer… Read

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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Makes 3 Doc Stars for 2018; ‘Leave No Trace’ Solid; ’Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ in Top 10: Specialty Box Office

Three Identical Strangers

Docs are trailblazing the alternative content sphere. The debut of Neon/CNN Films' Three Identical Strangers this weekend has given non-fiction another star.  The Sundance debut by Tim Wardle snagged bragging rights to the highest opening weekend per theater average for a doc this year. The title grossed $163,023, averaging $32,605. Fellow Sundance box office stars RBG and Won't You Be My Neighbor? opened comparatively wider and have continued to bank audiences… Read

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‘The King’ Reigns Over Mixed Weekend of Openers; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Robustly: Specialty Box Office

The King

With summer tentpoles in full thrust, specialty distributors are maintaining their seasonal role offering up alternative programming for moviegoers not dazzled by the latest studio blitz. The final full weekend of June included at least a half dozen new limited titles, headlined by Sundance's The King by Eugene Jarecki, which Oscilloscope opened in two Manhattan locations Friday. The documentary lorded over the pack of newcomers with a $29K gross for a solid $14,525 per… Read

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Christopher Plummer Crosses ‘Boundaries’; Eugene Jarecki Drives ‘The King’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Two very different road trip movies are among this weekend's Specialty theatrical debuts. After its world premiere at SXSW and later festival showings in Seattle as well as Nantucket this weekend, Sony Pictures Classics is opening father-daughter journey, Boundaries by Shana Feste in New York and L.A. Oscilloscope, meanwhile, is bowing doc, The King by Eugene Jarecki in Manhattan. Jarecki takes to the road in Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across… Read


‘Eating Animals’ Dishes Up Solid Bow; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Strongly; ‘RBG’ Hits $10M: Specialty Box Office

Eating Animals

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

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‘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

Hearts Beat Wild

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

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‘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

American Animals

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