Documentaries shined in an otherwise unremarkable weekend in the Specialty box office. IFC Films’ Citizen Jane: Battle For the City topped with $33,760 in two theaters in its debut, while The Orchard’s Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent bowed with just over $24K in two locations. Among other openers, Kino Lorber launched Slack Bay in two theaters grossing just over $7K, while A24 went fairly wide with Free Fire with over a thousand runs grossing $1.03M. Mubi bowed The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki taking $10K in three theaters. Amazing Studios/Bleecker Street’s The Lost City of Z held fine in its second weekend with additional locations, grossing over $2.14M. Abramorama doc Chasing Trane went into its second frame taking in nearly $24K, while SPC’s Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer starring Richard Gere was just shy of $137K in its second weekend. And nearing the end of its stellar theatrical run, Lionsgate’s La La Land crossed $151M in theaters.
Marisa Tomei lent her voice to Matt Tyrnauer’s doc Citizen Jane: Battle For the City, which opened in two locations over the weekend. The documentary about activist/author Jane Jacobs (The Death and Life of Great American Cities) grossed $33,760, averaging a good $16,880. IFC said that the title “sold out” playings throughout the weekend. It will head to Los Angeles in the coming week and bow in the top 15 markets throughout May.
Tribeca ’16 debut Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent by Lydia Tenaglia also opened in two locations Friday. The title about influential American gastronomy figure Jeremiah Tower took in just over $24K, averaging $12,034. Distributor The Orchard digested the bow with gusto Sunday.
“With fantastic reviews, packed Q&As, and strong walk-up sales, Jeremiah Tower has kicked off to a great start,” the company said Sunday. “We’re so pleased that major press, foodies and doc-lovers in general are all engaged with this fascinating story of a very complex culinary pioneer. In the coming weeks The Magnificent will expand across the country where a large network of chefs and restaurants will be running tie-in promotions and theatrical events.”
A24 opened crime thriller Free Fire by Ben Wheatley starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Shallot Copley and Cillian Murphy in just 1,070 theaters. A24 was refreshingly honest about the results, and looking to the long tail as it continues its roll out.
“Free Fire opened nationwide this weekend. Ben Wheatley crafted a hilarious shoot em up comedy with a fantastic ensemble cast, and while disappointed with this weekend’s results, we believe it will have a long life ahead.”
Cannes Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In the Life of Olli Mäki from Finland opened in three theaters Friday. Over the weekend, it grossed $10K, averaging $3,333. The company said its strongest showing was at Lincoln Plaza on New York’s Upper West Side, which amounted to $5K of its total. Mubi’s Lily Riber noted Sunday: “Screenwriter Mikko Myllylahlti participated in audience talkbacks on both Friday and Saturday night in New York which even further enhanced the positive audience response. We expect box office numbers to grow as word of mouth and awareness of our utterly glowing reviews continues to spread, and we are looking forward to sharing this universally charming film with audiences in additional markets across the country in coming weeks, including San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.”
Richard Gere starrer Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer expanded to 18 runs in its second frame. The Sony Classics release grossed $136K, giving it a $7,601 per theater average (-64%). Norman grossed over $103K in five theaters in its debut, averaging $20,733 It has cumed $272,253.
The Lost City of Z from Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street had a big expansion, holding decently in its second weekend. In 614 theaters, the title by James Gray grossed over $2.14M, averaging $3,497. Z opened in four locations last week grossing $112K ($28,158 average).
Abramorama added two runs for its doc Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary for week 2. Trane grossed $23,989 in three locations, averaging a solid $7,996. Last weekend, it opened in a single location, grossing $15,880.
Neon’s Colossal moved to 224 theaters in its third weekend. The title grossed $584,461, averaging $2,609 for a cume of over $1.35M. Last weekend it played 98 locations, grossing nearly $463K ($4,723 average).
Sundance Selects doubled its runs for Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation in week 3. In 14 theaters, it grossed $20K, averaging $1,428. Last weekend it grossed $19,530 in seven locations ($2,790 average). The film’s three week cume is over $1.22M.
EuropaCorp/STXfilms’ Their Finest added 124 runs in its third weekend taking in $555K. The title averaged $3,153 (-55%) vs. last weekend’s $6,931 PTA from seven runs. Their Finest has cumed over $1.13M.
Oscilloscope’s hit title Kedi continues to hold solid now in its 11th weekend of release. The Turkish feline doc is closing in on $2.5M, taking in $51K in 48 theaters over the weekend, averaging $1,063. It is one of the year’s highest grossing non-fiction titles.
And La La Land crossed $151M over the weekend, taking in $88K in 148 theaters ($595 average). That is likely its final major box office milestone in what has been a remarkable run.
Citizen Jane: Battle For the City (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $33,760, Average $16,880
Free Fire (A24) NEW [1,070 Theaters] Weekend $1,039,612, Average $972
The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki (Mubi) [3 Theaters] Weekend $10,000, Average $3,333
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (The Orchard) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $24,068, Average $12,034
Slack Bay (Kino Lorber) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $7,010, Avweage $3,505
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Abramorama) Week 2 [3 Theater] Weekend $23,989, Average $7,996, Cume $50,485
Finding Oscar (FilmRise Releasing) Week 2 [4 Theater] Weekend $4,000, Average $1,000, Cume $6,467
The Lost City of Z (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) Week 2 [614 Theaters] Weekend $2,147,379, Average $3,497, Cume $2,296,791
Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $136,818, Average $7,601, Cume $272,253
A Quiet Passion (Music Box Films) Week 2 [13 Theaters] Weekend $78,000, Average $6,000, Cume $155,417
Tommy’s Honour (Roadside Attractions) Week 2 [89 Theaters] Weekend $75,500, Average $848, Cume $406,605
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
All These Sleepless Nights (The Orchard) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $3,231, Average $808, Cume $17,314
Colossal (Neon) Week 3 [224 Theaters] Weekend $584,461, Average $,2,609 Cume $1,357,565
Graduation (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [14 Theaters] Weekend $19,992, Average $1,428, Cume $1,225,468
Their Finest (EuropaCorp Films/STXfilms) Week 3 [176 Theaters] Weekend $555,000, Average $3,153, Cume $1,139,000
Truman (FilmRise Releasing) Week 3 [18 Theaters] Weekend $40,000, Average $2,222, Cume $109,579
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features) Week 4 [1,033 Theaters] Weekend $1,471,990, Average $1,425, Cume $13,236,140
Frantz (Music Box Films) Week 6 [58 Theaters] Weekend $55,500, Average $957, Cume $706,107
T2 Trainspotting (Sony/TriStar) Week 6 [160 Theaters] Weekend $80,000, Average $500, Cume $2,199,870
Personal Shopper (IFC Films) Week 7 [33 Theaters] Weekend $17,160, Average $520, Cume $1,225,468
Raw (Focus World) Week 7 [17 Theaters] Weekend $12,065, Average $710, Cume $485,834
Donald Cried (The Orchard) Week 8 [7 Theaters] Weekend $994, Average $142, Cume $60,816
Kedi (Oscilloscope) Week 11 [48 Theaters] Weekend $51,000, Average $1,063, Cume $2,461,468
Neruda (The Orchard) Week 19 [6 Theaters] Weekend $2,753, Average $459, Cume $932,309
La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 20 [148 Theaters] Weekend $88,000, Average $595, Cume $151,047,530
Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 22 [82 Theaters], Weekend $49,600, Average $605, Cume $51,621,470