A24’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer sailed to the top the Specialty box office in its debut, grossing over $114K in four theaters in another crowded weekend of newcomers. There were over a dozen new limited releases this weekend, though not all reported numbers as of Sunday morning. Brett Morgen’s latest documentary Jane about famed primatologist Jane Goodall opened strong in three locations, grossing $55,712. On its heels was Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions Wonderstruck by Todd Haynes in four locations, taking in almost $69K. France’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration BPM (Beats Per Minute) opened to $8,721 in two theaters, while Sundance Selects had doc Dealt in an exclusive run grossing $5,577. Bleecker Street/Participant’s Breathe went to over three hundred runs in its second frame grossing nearly $156K, while Amazon Studios/Participant’s Human Flow by Ai Weiwei headed to 28 locations in its second weekend grossing $82K. Faces Places had 26 theaters in its second weekend, taking in $43,471. And Sean Baker’s The Florida Project handily crossed seven figures in its third outing.
Yorgos Lanthimos latest film, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer topped the Specialty box office PTA. Released via A24 the feature starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone took $114,585 in its initial four L.A. and New York locations, averaging $28,646, the best of the weekend among all releases. A24 did well with the filmmaker’s last film, The Lobster, which also starred Farrell, though that film had a bigger head start in its initial run in four theaters, grossing over $190K its opening weekend, averaging over $47K. It went on to cume $8.7M.
Still, it’s a good launch for Sacred Deer, which will roll out into the top markets next weekend ahead of a nationwide expansion November 3. A24 gave kudos to the film’s “terrific start” Sunday morning when reporting numbers.
Brett Morgen’s latest doc Jane from National Geographic Films/Abramorama bowed in three locations Friday. The title chronicling famed primatologist Dame Jane Goodall, grossed $55,712, averaging a solid $18,571. Abramorama said Sunday the feature sold out all of its shows Saturday at the Arclight in L.A., adding: “It screened at TIFF, NYFF and BFI London to standing ovations and sold out The Hollywood Bowl with a live Orchestra conducted by Philip Glass.” It’s nominated for Best Documentary from the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards and selected for the DOC NYC Shortlist program. Dr. Goodall was also just named one of Cinema Eye Honors’ “Unforgettables Of 2017.”
Coming in third is Wonderstruck. The film has had acclaim in its festival run, so hopefully word of mouth will give it the box office run it deserves. The title grossed $68,762 in four New York and Los Angeles theaters, averaging $17,190. Haynes last film, Carol, was one of 2015’s best openers grossing over $253K in its bow in four locations, averaging a stellar $63,378. It went on to cume over $12.7M.
“Todd Haynes brilliantly captured author and screenwriter Brian Selznick’s beautiful and magical story for the screen,” said Bob Berney, Head of Marketing and Distribution, Amazon Studios. “After world premiering at Cannes earlier this year, followed by successful screenings at Telluride and New York Film Festival, we believe Wonderstruck has the potential to be a true discovery for all audiences, especially for parents and their children.” Wonderstruck will expand into top 10 markets on October 27 with further expansions on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10.
Bollywood title Golmaal Again was the weekend’s highest-grossing title among the Specialties, taking in just over $1M in 265 locations, averaging $3,807. about two gangs who are unable to stand each other since their childhood and how they repulse each other even after they grow up. It will likely stay consistent in its theater count next weekend.
Opening so-so was BPM (Beats Per Minute) in two theaters Friday. The feature, which had a great response at the recent New York Film Festival and is France’s submission for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, opened in two theaters taking in $8,721 for a $4,361 PTA. Audiences will hopefully take notice going forward. “When it became the official selection that was great, but that only solidified our feeling about it. We’re completely invested in doing this,” said The Orchard’s Paul Davidson earlier this week about the film. “The craft and story are broader and obviously there’s an historical element. It’s a foreign film that we believe and hope is a contender for this year.” BPM will next head to San Francisco next weekend, followed by Los Angeles and Philadelphia on November 3. The title will slowly roll out to 150-plus theaters through this year and into 2018.
Sundance Selects opened doc Dealt in a day in date release in a single theater Friday. On the big screen it grossed $5,577, though it has obviously gained traction on-demand landing number one amongst documentaries on iTunes in its first weekend. It will hit about two dozen markets around the country in the coming weeks.
Among other openers, Music Box’s Aida’s Secret opened in a single theater, grossing over $5K. Kino Lorber’s 4-k restoration re-release of of Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice took in $5,500 and Gunpowder & Sky’s Tragedy Girls grossed $10,677 in two theaters.
Bleecker Street/Participant release Breathe expanded to 315 theaters in its second frame. The title by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy grossed nearly $156K, averaging $495. In its opener, the feature grossed $26,254, averaging $6,563. It has cumed $187,718.
Faces Places by Academy Award honoree Agnès Varda and artist JR remained in just over two dozen American theaters in its third frame, grossing $43,471 from 26 runs, averaging $1,672.
Fox Searchlight’s Battle Of the Sexes with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell halved its runs vs. last weekend, but still held its own in its fifth frame. Battle of the Sexes grossed $570K in 545 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,046. It has cumed over $11.4M.
Victoria And Abdul with Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria still added runs in its fifth weekend. The Stephen Frears directed film took in $2.16M in 1,060 theaters, averaging $2,038, giving it a cume of $14.87M. Last weekend, the title $3.15M in 900 locations, averaging $3,461.
And Sundance 2017 debut Columbus by first-time feature filmmaker Kogonada is almost at $1M in its third month in theaters. The number is impressive given that it’s a self-released title under the Superlative Films/Depth of Field labels. The film opened with backing from Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship, which gives help to films it champions that self-release.
Aida’s Secret (Music Box Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $5,068
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (The Orchard) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $8,721, Average $4,361
Dealt (Sundance Selects) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $5,577
Golmaal Again (Reliance) NEW [265 Theaters] Weekend $1,008,752, Average $3,807
Jane (National Geographic Films/Abramorama) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $55,712, Average $18,571
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (A24) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $114,585, Average $28,646
The Sacrifice (Kino Lorber) NEW (4K restoration) [1 Theater] Weekend $5,500
Tragedy Girls (Gunpowder & Sky) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $10,677, Average $5,338
Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $68,762, Average $17,190
Breathe (Bleecker Street/Participant Media) Week 2 [315 Theaters] Weekend $155,925, Average $495, Cume $187,718
Faces Places (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [26 Theaters] Weekend $43,471, Average $1,672, Cume $163,794
Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [61 Theaters] Weekend $147,000, Average $2,410, Cume $226,505
Human Flow (Amazon Studios/Participant) Week 2 [28 Theaters] Weekend $82,000, Average $2,929, Cume $150,838
Tom Of Finland (Kino Lorber) Week 2 [5 Theater] Weekend $30,500, Average $6,100, Cume $63,830
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Chavela (Music Box Films) Week 3 [11 Theaters] Weekend $18,984, Average $1,726, Cume $98,762
Dina (The Orchard) Week 3 [20 Theater] Weekend $16,088, Average $804, Cume $40,256
The Florida Project (A24) Week 3 [112 Theaters] Weekend $636,615, Average $5,684, Cume $1,375,238
Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [89 Theaters] Weekend $192,590, Average $580, Cume $491,695
Super Dark Times (The Orchard) Week 4 [1 Theaters] Weekend $84, Cume $32,920
Take Every Wave: The Life Of Laird Hamilton (IFC Films) Week 4 [30 Theaters] Weekend $26,353, Average $878, Cume $129,611
Battle Of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [545 Theaters] Weekend $570,000, Average $1,046, Cume $11,437,167
Friend Request (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures) Week 5 [40 Theaters] Weekend $11,071, Average $277, Cume $3,746,610
Loving Vincent (Good Deed Entertainment) Week 5 [114 Theaters] Weekend $391,974, Average $3,438, Cume $1,317,223
Stronger (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 5 [84 Theaters] Weekend $36,375, Average $433, Cume $4,123,885
Victoria And Abdul (Focus Features) Week 5 [1,060 Theaters] Weekend $2,160,000, Average $2,038, Cume $14,870,534
Trophy (The Orchard) Week 7 [1 Theaters] Weekend $187, Cume $21,438
Columbus (Superlative Films/Depth of Field) Week 12 [20 Theaters] Weekend $17,535, Average $877, Cume $972,344
Wind River (The Weinstein Company) Week 12 [121 Theaters] Weekend $54,104, Average $447, Cume $33,559,829