Audiences Tracking ‘It Follows’ Closely In 2015’s Best Specialty Debut

The RADiUS indie thriller It Follows found lots of audience members tracking it into theaters in its debut weekend, opening in four locations to 2015’s best limited-release debut so far, at nearly $41,000 per theater. The strong numbers are all the more impressive given the relatively crowded box office.

Among other films, IFC Films opened Ethan Hawke‘s documentary Seymour: An Introduction in a pair of locations with a decent start. Unison/Paladin’s New Zealand vampire comedy-horror pic What We Do In The Shadows continues to take a solid bite out of box office, adding theaters in its fifth week.

Boasting great reviews and a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, It Follows opened in NYC and LA, breathing some brio into a specialty box office mostly sustained so far by 2014 holdovers cashing in on the awards race. The cerebral thriller, which premiered in Cannes, grossed an impressive $163,453 for a robust $40,863 PTA. Not bad for a second-time feature filmmaker and a cast devoid of household names. It Follows box office has already surpassed David Robert Mitchell’s first film, The Myth Of The American Sleepover, which IFC Films opened in July 2011.

“The best reviews of the year, smart horror fans, sex, and Friday the 13th combined to deliver an extraordinary opening,” said RADiUS Co-President Tom Quinn in a release. “We’re looking forward to a robust theatrical expansion filled with dread and mayhem.”

Seymour Bernstein Seymour An IntroductionIFC Films opened Seymour: An Introduction, Hawke’s non-fiction directorial debut about pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein. The feature had a good run last fall at the Toronto, New York and Denver film festivals ahead of its theatrical bow this weekend. It grossed $26,320 in two New York locations, averaging $13,160.

Seymour: An Introduction played strongly in its opening weekend in its two locations in New York City,” IFC said in a release. “The film will roll out to the top markets over the next month as the positive word of mouth continues to build.”

3 Hearts movie posterCohen Media Group opened French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts at a single location in New York after opening the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series in NYC the prior week. It grossed $12,272.

Rialto took The Tales Of Hoffman, a 4K restoration of the 1951 classic, to two locations, grossing $20K ($10K PTA). Rialto noted that the L.A. showings at Cinefamily had limited play times over the weekend.

Magnolia bowed musical documentary The Wrecking Crew in 7 locations, grossing $63K ($9K PTA). The feature will expand to 25 theaters next week. TWC opened Spanish title Eva in 50 locations. The sizable rollout didn’t push up its absolute numbers, however. It grossed just $10,150 for a paltry $203 PTA.

HBO did not report box office numbers for its limited release of Alex Gibney doc Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief.

Sony Classics added 6 locations for doc Merchants Of Doubt in its second frame, grossing $28,588 in 10 theaters ($2,859 PTA). It bowed in four theaters grossing $20,327 last week ($5,082 PTA, $54,242 cume). Abramorama added four locations for An Honest Liar in its second week, grossing just under $13K ($2,155 PT) and a $31,165 cume.

71-posterAmong other holdovers, Roadside/Black Label Media’s ’71 starring Jack O’Connell added 49 theaters in its 3rd weekend. The thriller set in Northern Ireland during the “Troubles” grossed $207,649, averaging $3,195. Last week, the film grossed $70,590 ($4,411 PTA). ’71 has cumed $378,127.

Music Box Films more than doubled the screen count for Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem in the title’s fifth weekend. It grossed $85K in 34 theaters for a $2,500 PTA for a $354,651 cume. Last weekend the film grossed $53,361 ($3,557 PTA).

Despite the wattage of its cast, Maps To The Stars from director David Cronenberg appears to be fading. The feature boasts Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska and others among its headliners, but it lost 44 theaters vs. the previous weekend, when the title peaked with 61 locations. Maps grossed $19K, averaging $1,118 ($313,725 cume).

Moore’s Still Alice, which won her the Best Actress Oscar, continues to have a solid showing. It grossed just more than $1 million this weekend in 740 theaters, down 457 from last weekend theater count of 1,197 locations. It has cumed $16,439,864.

BirdmanBest Picture and Best Director-winner Birdman grossed $215K in 239 theaters ($900 PTA), a 70% drop from last weekend’s $733K in 777 theaters. It has now cumed over $42M.

SPC’s foreign language Oscar-nominee Wild Tales had the best PTA outside of the weekend’s newcomers. The foreign-language Oscar nominee grossed $268,271 in 68 theaters, up 40 from the previous weekend, averaging $3,945 ($847,520 cume). Sony Classics’ fellow foreign-language nominee, Leviathan, grossed just under $59K in 49 theaters (down from 71 last week). It averaged $1,204 and has cumed just under $1.1M in 12 weeks.

3 Hearts (Cohen Media Group) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,272
Eva (The Weinstein Company) NEW [50 Theaters] Weekend $10,150, Average $203
It Follows (RADiUS) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $163,453, Average $40,863
Seymour: An Introduction (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $26,320, Average $13,160
The Tales Of Hoffman (Rialto Pictures) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $20K, Average $10K
The Wrecking Crew (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [7 Theaters] Weekend $63K, Average $9K

An Honest Liar (Abramorama) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $12,928, Average $2,155, Cume $31,165
Merchants Of Doubt (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $28,588, Average $2,859, Cume $54,242

’71 (Roadside Attractions/Black Label Media) Week 3 [65 Theaters] Weekend $207,649, Average $3,195, Cume $378,127
A La Mala (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 3 [273 Theaters] Weekend $345K, Average $1,264, Cume $3,187,074
Deli Man (Cohen Media Group) Week 3 [32 Theaters] Weekend $65,814, Average $2,057, Cume $212,550
The Hunting Ground (RADiUS) Week 3 [8 Theaters] Weekend $27,278, Average $3,410, Cume $54,242
Maps To The Stars (Focus World) Week 3 [17 Theaters] Weekend $19K, Average $1,118, Cume $313,725
Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [68 Theaters] Weekend $268,271, Average $3,945, Cume $847,520
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem (Music Box Films) Week 5 [34 Theaters] Weekend $85K, Average $2,500, Cume $354,651
What We Do In The Shadows (Unison/Paladin) Week 5 [126 Theaters] Weekend $336,420, Average $2,670, Cume $1,389,876
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [38 Theaters] Weekend $59,363, Average $1,562, Cume $825,192
Red Army (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [58 Theaters] Weekend $77,068, Average $1,329, Cume $475,248
Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [740 Theaters] Weekend $1,010,681, Average $1,366, Cume $16,439,864
Leviathan (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [49 Theaters] Weekend $58,981, Average $1,204, Cume $1,092,765
Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 13 [89 Theaters] Weekend $129,351, Average $1,453, Cume $3,729,487
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company) Week 16 [525 Theaters] Weekend $665K, Average $1,267, Cume $89.514,658
The Theory Of Everything (Focus Features) Week 19 [168 Theaters] Weekend $97K, Average $577, Cume $35,702,005
Citizenfour (RADiUS) Week 21 [12 Theaters] Weekend $8,620, Average $718, Cume $2,758,378
Birdman (Fox Searchlight) Week 22 [239 Theaters] Weekend $215K, Average $900, Cume $42,018,442
Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 23 [120 Theaters] Weekend $175,030, Average $1,459, Cume $12,987,634

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