Keira Knightley Is ‘Colette’; ‘The Sisters Brothers’, ‘Love, Gilda’ Among Weekend Openers – Specialty B.O. Preview
Another busy post-summer lineup of specialties are heading into theaters this weekend, including Sundance and Toronto's period bio-drama Colette by filmmaker Wash Westmoreland, opening in New York and L.A. via Bleecker Street. And fresh off of its Venice and Toronto debuts, Annapurna's The Sisters Brothers by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, which will also begin in both cities before rolling out further in… Read
‘Lizzie,’ ‘Science Fair’ & ‘Museo’ Surface in Pool of Numerous Newcomers; ‘The Wife’ Dutiful in Expansion: Specialty Box Office
The weekend was packed full of specialty roll outs, and audiences appear to have divided their dollars, though a few titles grabbed their share. Chloë Sevigny's Lizzie went to four theaters, grossing just under $49K with a $12,473 average.
On its heels was National Geographic Documentary Film doc Science Fair, with an exclusive showing at $12,250, but Vitagraph's Museo with Gael Garcí Bernal topped out at $17,500 from one location reporting numbers.
On the opposite end… Read
Chloë Sevigny Channels ‘Lizzie’; ‘American Chaos’, ‘Bel Canto’ Join Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Following a late summer trickle of new Specialties, distributors are releasing a torrent of limited releases just as the Toronto Film Festival heads into its finale this weekend. Roadside Attractions/Saban Films have teamed on psychological thriller Lizzie with Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart based on the famous New England murder of the 1890s; the film opens in New York and L.A. before going to the top 50 markets next weekend. Producer-director Jim Stern launches his… Read
Hal Ashby Documentary, ‘The Apparition’ & ‘Five Fingers For Marseilles’ Hit Screens: Specialty Preview
Weekend debuts are minimal as the film industry's gravity heads north to the Toronto International Film Festival, though some roll outs hope to fill a narrow vacuum of new specialties in the marketplace ahead of the coming fall onslaught. Sundance premiere, Hal, about Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hal Ashby boasts an impressive roster of stars talking about the director behind classics such as Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. Oscilloscope opens the doc exclusively… Read
Domhnall Gleeson & Charlotte Rampling Haunt ‘Little Stranger’; Docs on Collusion, Science and Dogs Set – Specialty Preview
Awards and fall releases are on the mind for industry insiders heading to the Telluride Film Festival this Labor Day weekend, while the final vestiges of specialty summer roll outs head to theaters. Focus Features is taking psychological-thriller The Little Stranger to 500 theaters Friday. The title by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling and Ruth Wilson headlines the weekend's specialty narratives. The weekend also offers… Read
‘Searching’ Finds Top Dollar; ‘The Bookshop’ & ‘John McEnroe’ Land Decent: Specialty Box Office
A studio limited release made the final weekend in August notable. Screen Gems bowed mystery-thriller Searching in 9 theaters, for an impressive $360K, giving the Sundance Audience Award-winner a $40K average. The title is easily the best per theater average of all titles reporting numbers this weekend.
Greenwich Entertainment opened Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop with Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson with four runs, grossing $48K ($12K… Read
‘The Wife’ & ‘We The Animals’ Bow Strong; ‘Three Identical Strangers’ at $10.5M in 2nd Month of Release: Specialty Box Office
Sony Classics' The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce topped out a group of newcomer limited releases that mostly did decent numbers this weekend. The 2017 Toronto debut by Björn Runge grossed $111,137 in four New York and Los Angeles locations in the three-day estimate, averaging $27,784.
Sundance breakout We The Animals by Jeremiah Zagar from The Orchard also had a nice launch, playing three theaters in New York and L.A., for $66,261 and a $22,087 per theater… Read
‘The Wife’, ‘Juliet, Naked’ Bring Glenn Close, Rose Byrne & Ethan Hawke This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Sony Pictures Classics expects summer blockbuster fatigue to help its weekend newcomer The Wife starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, opening New York and Los Angeles Friday. The film is one of a fairly busy slate of limited release newcomers, perhaps hinting at another busy fall as awards season looms. Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate is bowing Juliet, Naked Friday in NYC and L.A., starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O'Dowd. Sundance favorite We The Animals by… Read
‘Madeline’s Madeline’ from Oscilloscope & ’Magnolia’s Skate Kitchen’ Bow Strong in Exclusive Runs: Specialty Box Office
Two specialty releases played to good opening numbers in exclusive showings over the weekend. Sundance '18 debut Madeline's Madeline by Josephine Decker grossed $20,225 in the three-day from its playdate at the Quad Cinemas in New York via Oscilloscope, while fellow Sundancer Skate Kitchen by Crystal Moselle opened at IFC Center via Magnolia Pictures for a $17K in the three-day estimate.
Well Go USA launched Chinese dramedy The Island by Huang Bo in 40 locations Friday… Read
‘A Prayer Before Dawn’, ‘Skate Kitchen’, ‘Madeline’s Madeline’ Hit Theaters This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview
Three years in the making, Joe Cole starrer A Prayer Before Dawn will start its theatrical release this weekend. The A24 title, which debuted at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, is based on a non-fiction book written by Billy Moore, played by Cole in the feature, which opens in select cities Friday. The Wolfpack filmmaker Crystal Moselle returns with her narrative feature debut, Skate Kitchen, which premiered at Sundance where Magnolia Pictures caught the film in January… Read
Chloë Grace Moretz Tackles Conversion Therapy In ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
The shoot for The Miseducation of Cameron Post coincided with the 2016 election, which gave the cast a crew a sense of urgency. Chloë Grace Moretz plays the title character in a story about a teen forced to attend gay conversion therapy. The FilmRise release is among the weekend's rather limited slate of Specialty newcomers. A24 is opening Texas-set Never Goin' Back, which debuted at Sundance before going to SXSW this past spring, while Magnolia Pictures bowed music… Read
‘Scotty And the Secret History of Hollywood’ Seduces L.A.; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Crosses $20M: Specialty Box Office
Greenwich Entertainment tell-all documentary Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood lured crowds to the Arclight in Los Angeles in its opening weekend, grossing $30,941, which gives it bragging rights as the year's second-highest opening per theater average for a documentary this year after the launch of Neon's Three Identical Strangers ($34,301 opening weekend PTA). The title easily scored the weekend's best PTA among all releases.
Other limited releases… Read