UPDATED with more numbers and analysis. Oscar nominated title Never Look Away stood out in another subdued specialty weekend, grossing an estimated three-day total of $26,270, easily topping the small number of newcomers.
Greenwich Entertainment bowed docudrama The Invisibles by Claus Räfle in four locations Friday, grossing $27,000 ($6,750 per theater average). The results were buoyed in part by weekend Q&As with the filmmaker and Holocaust survivor Hanni Lévy, who is played by Alice Dwyer in the film.
Kino Lorber Films launched Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book, which received an honorary Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, taking in $15,200 in three locations ($5,066 PTA).
Among holdovers, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures sci-fi thriller Replicas with Keanu Reeves crossed $4M in its third weekend, though it grossed a slow $42K in 84 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $500.
Never Look Away edged director Florian Henckel von Donnersmark’s previous Oscar-winner, The Lives of Others, when comparing opening weekend per theater averages. The latter bowed in nine locations vs. Never Look Away’s exclusive weekend showing at the Paris Theater in New York.
Sony Classics opened The Lives of Others in February 2007, grossing $213K in its opening frame, averaging $23,732. The film went on to cume nearly $11.3M in the North American box office.
“We wanted Never Look Away to open in New York at the Paris Theater no matter what,” said SPC co-president Michael Barker earlier this week. “It’s an epic movie and it belongs at [a theater] like the Paris.” Barker said Never Look Away will “open slowly around the country,” adding: “It’s a movie we need to screen a lot since the word of mouth is strong… The movie is a home run and has an epic quality [akin] to movies that were made in the ‘60s.”
Never Look Away will next head to Los Angeles February 8.
SPC’s bio-dramedy Stan & Ollie had a sizable expansion to 725 theaters in its fifth weekend in theaters. The title directed by Jon S. Baird grossed $1.29M in the three-day, averaging $1,786 bringing its cume to over $2.2M. Last weekend, Stan & Ollie grossed $410K in 84 locations, averaging $4,882.
Annapurna added 27 theaters for Nicole Kidman starrer, Destroyer, also in its fifth outing. In 77 locations, the feature took in $191,597, averaging $2,488. The weekend prior it grossed nearly $183K in 50 theaters ($3,657 PTA).
With three nominations, Amazon Studios’ Cold War played 72 additional runs over last weekend. The Pawel Pawlikowski-directed film took in $571,650 in 111 theaters, averaging $5,150. That is just a 36% drop in PTA from last weekend’s $314K gross in 39 theaters ($8,068 average). This weekend’s gross also brought Cold War well over seven figures, landing at $1.44M.
“As a result of our three Oscar nominations this past week, we had solid numbers and performed really well from the expansion,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ head of Marketing & Distribution. “Audiences are connecting and engaging with Pawel’s personal story, which was our hope as we continue to push even further into additional markets through the remainder of awards season.”
Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite is an Oscar-nomination heavyweight with ten categories including Best Picture, Best Director for Yorgos Lanthimos, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, Supporting Actress for both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, and Original Screenplay. The title continues to lure audiences in wide release, playing its tenth weekend in over fifteen hundred locations. The Favourite grossed $2.56M, averaging $1,662 bringing its cume to over $26.12M.
Noted Searchlight Sunday when reporting its numbers: “We will continue to seek out new playdates for the film as we move into this phase of our release. With the recent Oscar validation, the film will of course begin to reach a broader audience while continuing to play in art houses, upscale suburban multiplexes and mainstream theaters across the U.S. and Canada.”
And Oscar-nominated documentary Free Solo by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin continues to climb its numbers in its 18th weekend of release. The title grossed $212,549 in 101 locations Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,104 bringing its box office cume to over $13.48M. The film is within sight of its fellow doc nominee, RBG’s cume, which came in just over $14M. The non-fiction box box office winner for 2018 will likely still be Won’t You Be My Neighbor?despite not receiving a nomination last week. The Focus release cumed over $22.8M.
Bollywood release Simmba from Reliance Entertainment went over $5M in its fifth outing in North America, grossing $44,433 in 30 locations Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,481.
The Image Book (Kino Lorber) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $15,200, Average $5,066
The Invisibles (Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $27,000, Average $6,750
Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $26,270, Cume $30,806 (includes qualifying run)
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Perfectos Desconocido (Lionsgate) Week 3 [66 Theaters] Weekend $73,530, Average $1,114, Cume $897,718
Replicas (Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures) Week 3 [84 Theaters] Weekend $42,000, Average $500, Cume $4,000,122
Destroyer (Annapurna Pictures) Week 5 [77 Theaters] Weekend $191,597, Average $2,488, Cume $910,000
On The Basis Of Sex (Focus Features/Participant) Week 5 [1,272 Theaters] Weekend $2,089,000, Average $1,642, Cume $21,063,000
Simmba (Reliance Entertainment) Week 5 [30 Theaters] Weekend $44,433, Average $1,481, Cume $5,073,646
Stan & Ollie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [725 Theaters] Weekend $1,294,938, Average $1,786, Cume $2,218,006
Cold War (Amazon Studios) Week 6 [111 Theaters] Weekend $571,650, Average $5,150, Cume $1,443,988
Capernaum (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [20 Theaters] Weekend $51,671, Average $2,584, Cume $381,007
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures) Week 7 [606 Theaters] Weekend $1,261,240, Average $2,081, Cume $12,766,000
Ben Is Back (LD Entertainment/Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 8 [52 Theaters] Weekend $26,100, Average $501, Cume $3,636,971
Mary Queen of Scots (Focus Features) Week 8 [127 Theaters] Weekend $126,000, Average $989, Cume $16,411,000
The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) Week 10 [1,540 Theaters] Weekend $2,560,000, Average $1,662, Cume $26,127,164
The World Before Your Feet (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 10 [11 Theaters] Weekend $8,795, Average $800, Cume $198,428
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment) Week 18 [101 Theaters] Weekend $212,540, Average $2,104, Cume $13,486,139
The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 24 [105 Theaters] Weekend $120,942, Average $1,152, Cume $8,706,510
BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) Week 25 [171 Theaters] Weekend $108,000, Average $632, Cume $48,635,000