Box office numbers for the Specialties were slow in coming Sunday, with only some holdovers reporting their Friday to Sunday grosses over the holiday weekend. Last weekend’s top opener, Weiner from Sundance Selects, continued to show zest in its second frame as it expanded into just over two dozen locations, while Sony Classics’ Maggie’s Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore held its own as it moved into 19 runs. Oscilloscope’s Spanish-language title Ma ma starring Penélope Cruz played an additional 10 theaters in its second weekend with slower results. A24’s The Lobster with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz had a solid expansion into 92 additional theaters, grossing over $725K, while Amazon and Roadside Attractions’ Love & Friendship with Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny also held strong grossing nearly $2.5M in just 493 theaters.
Sundance Selects added 22 runs for Josh Griegman and Elyse Steinberg’s Sundance-winning documentary Weiner over Memorial weekend, playing the top 10 markets. The feature about New York politician Anthony Weiner bowed as the year’s top doc last weekend and continued to hold well in its second weekend. The feature grossed nearly $165K in 27 theaters, averaging $6,110. Last weekend, Weiner averaged a robust $17,105 in five theaters ($85,525 gross). Sundance Selects said the title will head into the top 25 markets over the next two weeks. Weiner has cumed almost $294K.
Sony Classics added 14 runs for Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan. The Toronto debut grossed $105,387, averaging $5,547 in 19 theaters. Maggie’s Plan bowed last weekend in 5 theaters grossing nearly $67K ($13,341 average). Its two-week cume is now almost $194K.
Oscilloscope added 10 theaters for Ma ma by Spanish director Julio Medem in its second frame, playing comparatively more slowly. Ma ma grossed $16K in 11 theaters, averaging $1,455. The title bowed exclusively at the Sunshine in New York last week grossing $9,466. And The Orchard played Almost Holy in 3 additional locations, grossing just $1,478 in a total of five theaters, averaging $295.
Amazon/Roadside Attractions’ Love & Friendship and A24’s The Lobster continued to be Specialty stars as both added locations this weekend. A24 added 92 runs for The Lobster grossing just over $725K in 116 theaters, giving it a solid $6,251 average, the third best PTA for the weekend overall as of Sunday behind X Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through The Looking Glass. It also placed 12th in the overall box office as of early afternoon Sunday. A24 touted the title as it lures new audiences to theaters. “The Lobster is hitting its stride this holiday weekend as reviews, buzz and excellent word-of-mouth continue to propel a strong holdover in existing theaters and a very successful expansion into arthouses and crossover commercial complexes in additional top markets nationwide,” said the company Sunday. The Lobster will continue to expand next week.”
Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship is boasting robust grosses this weekend, landing 9th in the overall box office even though its in far fewer theaters than most in the top 10. The Amazon/Roadside Attractions release grossed $2,496,000 Friday to Sunday, averaging over $5K. Roadside noted Sunday that the title is “so far tracking closely to open Road’s 2014 hit, Chef, which opened and expanded similarly” last May, adding: “Whit Stillman’s sparkling comedy starring Kate Beckinsale still sports a rare 99% score on RT with over 100 reviews and is right now the bests reviewed film of the year.” Love & Friendship played broadly in its first frame at commercial multiplexes, noting that some locations had the title “neck and neck with the weekend’s two new wide releases.” Love & Friendship will add more markets next week.
Almost Holy (The Orchard) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $1,478, Average $295, Cume $7,188
Maggie’s Plan (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [19 Theaters] Weekend $105,387, Average $5,547, Cume $193,865
Ma ma (Oscilloscope) Week 2 [11 Theater] Weekend $16K, Average $1,455, Cume $26,194
Weiner (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [27 Theaters] Weekend $164,970, Average $6,110, Cume $293,638
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
The Lobster (A24) Week 3 [116 Theaters] Weekend $725,092, Average $6,251, Cume $2,160,641
Love & Friendship (Amazon/Roadside Attractions) Week 3 [493 Theaters] Weekend $2,496,000, Average $5,062, Cume $3,489,548
A Bigger Splash (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [378 Theaters] Weekend $400K, Average $1,058, Cume $1,312,851
Dark Horse (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [13 Theaters] Weekend $35,870, Average $2,759, Cume $130,342
Dheepan (Sundance Selects) Week 4 [15 Theaters] Weekend $16,890, Average $1,126, Cume $103,310
The Man Who Knew Infinity (IFC Films) Week 5 [288 Theaters] Weekend $440,352, Average $1,529, Cume $2,303,110
A Hologram For The King (Roadside Attractions) Week 6 [38 Theaters] Weekend $20,550, Average $541, Cume $4,109,637
The Meddler (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [420 Theaters] Weekend $541,515, Average $1,289, Cume $2,984,733
Sing Street (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [175 Theaters] Weekend $118,500, Average $677, Cume $2,764,474
Louder Than Bombs (The Orchard) Week 8 [3 Theaters] Weekend $525, Average $175, Cume $163,059
Eye In The Sky (Bleecker Street) Week 12 [81 Theaters] Weekend $69,032, Average $852, Cume $18,366,889
Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions/Stage 6 Films) Week 12 [83 Theaters] Weekend $59,625, Average $718, Cume $14,184,756