Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell launched very well out the gate this weekend, grossing $320K in just four New York and Los Angeles locations, giving the title the third best opening per theater average of the year at $80K. Described as a “darkly, comic drama,” the film was the clear spotlight among the weekend’s Specialty newcomers. The Orchard, however, did get some traction with Joachim Trier’s Thelma, Norway’s entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration, taking in over $12K in an exclusive run. A24’s Lady Bird sizzled last weekend with the year’s best per theater average opener. The directorial debut by Greta Gerwig expanded to over three dozen theaters in its second weekend, grossing over $1.24M, landing in tenth in the box office as of Sunday morning. Menemsha Films’ 1945 took in nearly $21K in two theaters in its second weekend, while FilmRise’s My Friend Dahmer jumped to 45 runs in its second frame, grossing $190K. Electric Entertainment’s LBJ shed some runs in its second weekend, taking in $509K in 608 theaters. Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying played 32 locations also. In its second outing, grossing $172K. One of the year’s most successful documentaries, Jane by Brett Morgen, continued to add runs a month into its release, grossing nearly $229K Friday to Sunday. And Focus Features’ Victoria and Abdul handily crossed $21M.
Oscar winner Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by far and away took the best per theater average of the weekend. The film also came in with the year’s third-highest opening weekend per theater average. The Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell starrer grossed $320,000 in four theaters Friday to Sunday, giving it an $80K PTA. That places Three Billboards just below A24’s Lady Bird, which took the best per theater average opener mantle last weekend at $91,109. Amazon Studios/Lionsgate’s The Big Sick averaged $84,315 when it opened in five theaters in June. It went on to cume over $42.87M.
“We always felt after Toronto where it won the People’s Choice Award and Venice where it [took] Best Screenplay, that it had great playability,” said Fox Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez Sunday morning. “We thought it would have about a $60K opening weekend average, but to be in the upper echelons of what we thought really does thrill us.”
Rodriguez said the film did particularly well at the Landmark in West L.A. where it was the top grosser over the weekend, though he pointed out that the title also did robust business across town at the Arclight. “I looked at a screenshot at the Cinerama Dome and it was nearly full,” he said. “This tells you that it’s getting a younger audience. Similarly in New York it did $35K on Saturday in Union Square, but it also did very well uptown. So the film is getting the specialized audience, but also attracting the edgier, hip audience.”
Searchlight plans on a slow roll-out the rest of November before going fairly wide the first weekend of December. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri will next head to 12 additional cities including Austin, Dallas and Boston. The feature will then go to about 50 markets November 22 before reaching between 600 and 88 theaters at the beginning of next month. Added Rodriguez: “Exhibitors are going to be clamoring to get it sooner. There are movies playing well right now including Murder On the Orient Express, Thor and others. It looks like the movie business is gaining some traction again and that’s a good thing.”
After many weeks with packed slates of specialty newcomers, this weekend was a bit of a breather in terms of new titles hitting theaters. The Orchard had a new film roll-out doing decent well in its first weekend. Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier’s Thelma opened exclusively at New York’s Angelika, grossing $12,357 over the weekend. The Orchard released Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier’s previous title, Louder Than Bombs last year. While doing press on that film, the director shared the script for Thelma with the distributor. “[We] came on board having only seen a few minutes of the film,” noted The Orchard’s Paul Davidson earlier this week when discussing the film. “We didn’t need to see more than that. Joachim is consistently brilliant and so we pre-bought North American rights for the film…”
The Orchard will next take Thelma to Los Angeles November 24 ahead of expanding across the country in “all key DMAs.”
Among other openers reporting numbers Sunday were Cohen Media Group’s re-release of Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), which grossed $3,577, while Magnolia Pictures’ Blade Of the Immortal opened 25 theaters, grossing $18K ($720 average).
Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird dazzled last weekend with the year’s best opening weekend per theater average. The title, Gerwig’s directorial debut, continued to sizzle this weekend, grossing over $1.24M in 37 theaters, averaging a robust $33,766, which A24 noted Sunday is the “best regional expansion of the year.” Also impressive is that Lady Bird managed to land in the top 10 at the box office, though the film is in far fewer locations than its fellow top 10ers. Commented A24 when reporting numbers Sunday: “The critical darling — still at 100% on RT — reported sell outs in many markets this weekend and continues to delight audiences while building serious awards buzz.”
In its debut, Lady Bird took in $375,612 in four theaters, averaging a huge $93,903.
Lady Bird’s second weekend average actually tops last year’s biggest opener, La La Land, in its second frame. La La Land averaged $20,510 in its second frame, though it had expanded to 200 theaters. Also a top grosser in 2016, Moonlight went to 36 theaters in its second weekend, averaging $23,614. In 2015, Open Road’s Spotlight went from five to 61 locations in its second weekend in theaters, averaging $22,191. A24 will continue to add runs for Lady Bird, which is all but guaranteed to be a box office darling.
LBJ shed 51 runs from its debut last weekend. In 608 theaters the Electric Entertainment release grossed $509K, averaging $837 (-52%). LBJ, starring Woody Harrelson, opened in 659 locations the weekend prior grossing $1.138M ($1,727 average). Its weekend gross was enough to bring its cume over $2M.
Last Flag Flying from Amazon Studios/Lionsgate played 28 additional runs in its second frame. Directed by Richard Linklater and starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, the film grossed $172K in 32 theaters, averaging $5,375. The title bowed in four locations grossing $42K, for a $10,500 average. It has cumed $241,773.
Menemsha Films’ 1945 remained in two theaters in its second weekend, though the film only saw an 11% drop at the box office vs. its debut. The film grossed $20,920 over the weekend, averaging $10,460. The Hungarian drama took in $23,412 in its opening frame, averaging $11,706. It has cured $58,875.
FilmRise’s My Friend Dahmer went from four theaters to 45 in its second weekend in theaters. My Friend Dahmer grossed $190K Friday to Sunday, averaging $4,222. The film bowed the weekend prior taking in $45K ($11,250 average). FilmRise noted the title was in the top five among 44 locations it was playing and said that the film dropped only 12% at the Village East in New York on Saturday versus the previous Saturday.
Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Square from Magnolia Pictures played 31 additional theaters vs. last weekend. From 50 runs, the Swedish film by Ruben Östlund grossed $156,156, averaging $3,123. The Square grossed $102K last weekend, averaging $5,368. It has cumed $447,239.
In its fourth weekend, Brett Morgen’s doc Jane expanded to 96 theaters, doing a solid $228,876 at the box office, averaging $2,384. The feature took in over $229K in its third weekend in 55 theaters, averaging $4,194. Jane has cumed just over $825K.
A24 expanded The Killing Of A Sacred Deer from 86 theaters to 238 in its fourth frame. The title grossed $476,243 Friday to Sunday, averaging just over $2K. The film took in $401,426 last weekend, averaging $4,668. It has cumed over $1.55M.
Good Deed Entertainment’s Loving Vincent is closing in on $4M. The film grossed $515,140 in 212 theaters over the weekend, averaging $2,430 bringing its cume to $3,934,014.
And Focus Features’ Victoria And Abdul topped $21M over the weekend. In 637 locations, the title starring Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria grossed $675,000 in its 8th weekend in theaters on this side of the Atlantic, averaging $1,060.
Blade Of The Immortal (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [25 Theaters] Weekend $18,000, Average $720, Cume $98,581
Shakespeare-Wallah (re-release) (Cohen Media Group) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,577
Thelma (The Orchard) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,357
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $320,000, Average $80,000
1945 (Menemsha Films) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $20,920, Average $10,460, Cume $58,875
My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) Week 2 [45 Theaters] Weekend $190,000, Average $4,222, Cume $243,207
Lady Bird (A24) Week 2 [37 Theaters] Weekend $1,249,358, Average $33,766, Cume $1,781,438
LBJ (Electric Entertainment) Week 2 [608 Theaters] Weekend $509,000, Average $837, Cume $2,084,946
Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) Week 2 [32 Theaters] Weekend $172,000, Average $5,375, Cume $241,773
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Bill Nye: Science Guy (PBS Distribution) Week 3 [1 Theater] Weekend $14,350, Cume $22,786
Novitiate (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [29 Theaters] Weekend $55,206, Average $1,904, Cume $166,052
The Square (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [50 Theaters] Weekend $156,156, Average $3,123, Cume $447,239
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (The Orchard) Week 4 [20 Theaters] Weekend $10,703, Average $535, Cume $56,246
Jane (National Geographic Films/Abramorama) Week 4 [96 Theaters] Weekend $228,876, Average $2,384, Cume $825,033
The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (A24) Week 4 [238 Theaters] Weekend $476,243, Average $2,001, Cume $1,559,422
Same Kind Of Different As Me (Pure Flix) Week 4 [296 Theaters] Weekend $190,000, Average $642, Cume $6,157,382
Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions) Week 4 [261 Theaters] Weekend $245,220, Average $940, Cume $825,262
Breathe (Bleecker Street) Week 5 [32 Theaters] Weekend $17,059, Average $533, Cume $454,343
Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [196 Theaters] Weekend $180,000, Average $918, Cume $1,523,338
Human Flow (Amazon Studios/Participant) Week 5 [23 Theaters] Weekend $21,000, Average $913, Cume $404,175
Marshall (Open Road Films) Week 5 [601 Theaters] Weekend $419,425, Average $698, Come $8,463,783
Dina (The Orchard) Week 6 [8 Theaters] Weekend $4,866, Average $608, Cume $88,154
Faces Places (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [20 Theaters] Weekend $32,207, Average $1,610, Cume $424.144
The Florida Project (A24) Week 6 [229 Theaters] Weekend $579,370, Average $2,530, Cume $3,839,248
The Stray (Quality Flix) Week 6 [34 Theaters] Weekend $17,000, Average $500, Come $1,551,983
Lucky (Magnolia Pictures) Week 7 [45 Theaters] Weekend $30,000, Average $667, Cume $887,323
Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [16 Theaters] Weekend $9,295, Average $581, Cume $755,541
A Question of Faith (Pure Flux) Week 7 [30 Theaters] Weekend $57,500, Average $1,917, Cume $2,438,822
Battle Of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [103 Theaters] Weekend $95,000, Average $922, Cume $12,480,061
Friend Request (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures) Week 8 [2 Theaters] Weekend $461, Average $230, Cume $3,758,285
Loving Vincent (Good Deed Entertainment) Week 8 [212 Theaters] Weekend $515,140, Average $2,430, Cume $3,934,014
Victoria And Abdul (Focus Features) Week 8 [637 Theaters] Weekend $675,000, Average $1,060, Cume $21,137,704
Wind River (The Weinstein Company) Week 14 [86 Theaters] Weekend $30,339, Average $353, Cume $33,752,102