Fox Searchlight’s ‘A Bigger Splash’ Makes Waves, SPC’s ‘Dark Horse’ Trails: Specialty Box Office

Fox Searchlight’s A Bigger Splash made just that this weekend, with sizable crowds on both coasts for its debut weekend in a family-crowded market. Starring Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes, the Venice debut grossed $110K in five theaters. Ahead of the coming week’s start of the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Selects opened last year’s Palme d’Or winner Dheepan in dual locations grossing a decent $22,760, while other openers trailed. Sony Pictures Classics bowed doc Dark Horse coinciding with yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, taking in $14,674, while Rob Reiner’s Being Charlie launched in several locations grossing $13,650. IFC Films’ The Man Who Knew Infinity held well in its second weekend expansion. Starz Digital added three dozen new markets for Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, with decent results. And SPC’s The Meddler remained robust in its third weekend.

Italian-born director Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash opened with fairly robust numbers in 5 theaters in New York and Los Angeles Friday. The Fox Searchlight release grossed a solid $110K, giving it a respectable $22K and nearly double the weekend’s second-best Specialty opener in terms of per theater average. A Bigger Splash’s PTA was second only to Captain America’s in the overall box office, which landed at over $43K.

A Bigger Splash

“It’s not [Grand Budapest Hotel] or Birdman [opening] numbers, but with the recent performance in the Specialty market, this is a good result,” Fox Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez said Sunday morning. “We didn’t know if it would appeal to the art house/cinephile crowd, but they came out at the Angelika in Manhattan and the Arclight Hollywood did well. This is a great gross for us because we were number 2 behind Captain America at the Arclight.”

Rodriguez acknowledged that the Specialty market is currently in a “down cycle” right now, though he noted Bleecker Street’s Eye In The Sky as a particular stand-out. He does not believe, however, that the current market is a symptom of a long-term slump. “I’ve worked in the Specialty and commercial areas and you just have times when the market goes down a bit. I don’t buy into this [theory] that audiences just aren’t coming out to theaters anymore…Before the end of the year, I think we’ll see films that will jump out.”

Fox Searchlight will add five more markets next week and will expand to the surrounding New York and L.A. areas. A Bigger Splash will play about 25 theaters next week and will be in between 250 to 300 theaters by Memorial Day Weekend.


Sundance Selects’ Dheepan by French filmmaker Jacques Audiard rolled out in two theaters this weekend. The winner of last year’s Cannes Palme d’Or, the film grossed $22,760, averaging $11,380. Palme d’Or winners have had mixed results on this side of the Atlantic in recent years. 2014 winner Winter’s Sleep grossed $129,575, while Blue Is The Warmest Color (IFC Films, 2013) cumed nearly $2.2M domestically. Sony Classics’ Amour won the Best Foreign Language Oscar after winning the Palme d’Or in 2012. It cumed over $6.7 million. Sundance Selects’ noted Dheepan has “scored excellent reviews” and will open at the Royal in Los Angeles next weekend, continuing a platform release throughout May.

SPC opened Louise Osmond’s Sundance ’15 debut Dark Horse in three theaters. The doc grossed $14,674, averaging $4,891. Dark Horse appears to have only had a minor push from interest in the Kentucky Derby and other races over the weekend, which made Friday’s debut of the film an obvious choice. It will head to about another half-dozen cities next week, including Louisville, before expanding throughout May.

Being Charlie

Being Charlie, directed by Rob Reiner and co-written by son Nick Reiner, opened in four theaters to a slow start. The feature grossed $13,650, averaging $3,413. Charlie, which is being released by Paladin in association with Jorva Entertainment, will open next weekend in an additional ten markets including San Francisco, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia, among others.

Screen Media Films did not report weekend numbers for Mothers And Daughters starring Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair and Christina Ricci as of early Sunday afternoon EDT.

IFC Films added 34 runs for The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel as the Indian-born self-taught mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan who began an unlikely friendship with an eccentric professor (played by Jeremy Irons) at Cambridge University in 1913. Infinity held well, grossing $220,800, averaging $5,520. In its opening weekend, the title grossed over $88K in six theaters ($14,689 average). Said IFC Films Sunday when reporting numbers: “The film continues to perform well, powered by a strong word of mouth.” Next week the film expands to a national break with the top 50 markets showing on over 150 screens.

The Family Fang

Starz Digital’s The Family Fang, directed by and starring Jason Bateman along with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, expanded to over three dozen new markets after an exclusive opening at the Angelika in New York last weekend. On 52 screens, the film is estimated to gross $104,880, for a per screen average of $2,016 and a new cume of $124,948. The film, which also became available this weekend on-demand, will continue to expand to additional markets throughout May and early June.

Sony Classics added 29 runs for The Meddler starring Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons in its third frame. The feature continues to draw crowds, grossing $294,307 Friday to Sunday, averaging $5,553 in 53 theaters. Last weekend, the title grossed over $174K from two dozen locations, averaging $7,265. The Meddler has now cumed nearly $614K.

In its fourth weekend, The Weinstein Company’s Sing Street played an additional 49 locations. The title grossed $422K in 153 theaters, averaging $2,758. The weekend total also brought the feature well-over the seven-figure threshold, coming in at over $1.11 million as of Sunday.

Also crossing a million was Amazon/Bleecker Street’s Elvis & Nixon. In its third weekend, the title grossed $40,807, averaging $658. A24’s Green Room, meanwhile, went over $2 million in its fourth frame. In 470 theaters, the feature is estimated to have grossed $343,570 Friday to Sunday, averaging $731.

And still holding impressively is Bleecker Street’s Eye In The Sky, now in its ninth weekend. The feature by Gavin Hood starring Helen Mirren easily flew passed $17 million this weekend, grossing over $512K in 419 theaters, averaging $1,222.


Being Charlie (Paladin) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $13,650, Average $3,413

A Bigger Splash (Fox Searchlight) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $110K, Average $22K

Dark Horse (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $14,674, Average $4,891

Dheepan (Sundance Selects) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $22,760, Average $11,380

Elstree 1976 (FilmRise) NEW [14 Theaters] Weekend $3K, Average $214


L’Attesa (Oscilloscope) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $11,750, Average $1,679, Cume $20,177

Dough (Menemsha Films) Week 2 [54 Theaters] Weekend $130K, Average $2,407, Cume $653,484

The Family Fang (Starz Digital) Week 2 [52 Theater] Weekend $104,880, Average $2,016, Cume $124,948


The Man Who Knew Infinity (IFC Films) Week 2 [40 Theaters] Weekend $220,800, Average $5,520, Cume $328,163


Compadres (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 3 [212 Theaters] Weekend $170K, Average $802, Cume $2,730,328

Elvis & Nixon (Amazon/Bleecker Street) Week 3 [62 Theaters] Weekend $40,807, Average $658 Cume $1,027,990

A Hologram For The King (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate/Saban) Week 3 [400 Theaters] Weekend $479,303, Average $1,198, Cume $3,401,612

The Meddler (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [53 Theaters] Weekend $294,307, Average $5,553, Cume $613,943

Green Room (A24) Week 4 [470 Theaters] Weekend $343,570, Average $731, Cume $2,063,976

Sing Street (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [153 Theaters] Weekend $422K, Average $2,758, Cume $1,113,697

Louder than bombs

Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) Week 5 [23 Theaters] Weekend $8,215, Average $357, Cume $145,467

Everybody Wants Some!! (Paramount) Week 6 [131 Theaters] Weekend $110K, Average $840, Cume $3,254,000

Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [141 Theaters] Weekend $131,361, Average $932, Cume $2,254,373

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe (Cinema Libre) Week 6 [14 Theater] Weekend $55K, Average $3,929, Cume $175K

Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) Week 9 [419 Theaters] Weekend $512,259, Average $1,222, Cume $17,249,001

Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) Week 9 [285 Theaters] Weekend $311,664, Average $1,093, Cume $13,314,880

Lolo (FilmRise Releasing) Week 9 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,500, Cume $21,972

Marguerite (Cohen Media Group) Week 9 [11 Theaters] Weekend $5,480, Average $498, Cume $471,391

Embrace Of The Serpent (Oscilloscope) Week 12 [8 Theaters] Weekend $7,500, Average $938, Cume $1,305,377

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