The cosmos somehow aligned for this to be the weekend in which two headlining actors star as singers in two limited releases that open in the same frame — albeit with quite different stories… In the end, it seems both Gunpowder & Sky’s Her Smell and Bleecker Street’s Teen Spirit mostly split the audiences — or shared them. Her Smell took the edge with the highest per theater average of a crowded weekend. The title grossed $39,058 in the Sunday morning estimate, averaging $13,019 in three locations. Teen Spirit has the second-best PTA. The Bleecker Street release played one more gig than Her Smell. In four theaters, the title starring Elle Fanning grossed $44,361, averaging $11,090.
Only slightly below Teen Spirit in the Sunday estimate is Greenwich Entertainment’s Wild Nights With Emily with Molly Shannon starring as Emily Dickinson. The 2018 SXSW premiere by filmmaker Madeleine Olnek played to $33K in three New York and L.A. locations, averaging $11K. The three titles were the only ones to break a five-figure PTA this weekend.
Kino Lorber’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night bowed to nearly $29K in three theaters, averaging $9,299. Cohen Media Group bowed Cannes debut Girls Of The Sun, grossing $8,160 in eight locations, averaging $1,020. Mary Magdalenefrom IFC Films had a broader reach with 62 opening weekend theaters, for $62,436 ($1,007 PTA).
Among holdovers, Pantelion/Lionsgate’s No Manches Frida 2 crossed $9M in its 5th weekend.
Punk won this weekend. The Toronto and New York film festivals premiere Her Smell by Alex Ross Perry stars Elisabeth Moss in a Courtney Love-esque role. This is the third collaboration between Moss and Perry following Queen Of Earth (2015, $91K theatrical) and Listen Up Philip ($200K theatrical). The title opened at IFC Center, Nitehawk Prospect Park in New York and the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, coming in at number one in all three locations Friday and Saturday nights, according to distributor Gunpowder & Sky.
“We’re pleased with the opening which brought in a young crowd in [Manhattan] and Brooklyn especially —where the film was trending on Twitter this weekend,” said Gunpowder & Sky Sunday morning. The company added that interest piqued with female audiences augmented by arthouse stalwarts and some older audiences driven by reviews.
Next up, Her Smell will head to more art house locations in select cities as well as the Arclight Hollywood.
Teen Spirit played last September’s Toronto International Film Festival and the recent SXSW. Bleecker Street also targeted the primary young female audience in the film’s debut. “One primary category is women between 13 and 25 — they’re the hotspot,” said Bleecker Street’s Jack Foley earlier this week. “They’re the group who have been seeing Five Feet Apart (Lionsgate, $41.9M).”
Teen Spirit will play nationally starting April 19 in about 800 theaters.
It’s a SXSW weekend. Wild Nights With Emily also debuted at the festival. The Molly Shannon starrer played three New York and L.A. locations. Fellow Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion (2016) starring Cynthia Nixon as the poet had a comparatively slower start but then crossed seven figures. The Music Box release opened in April, 2017 in six locations grossing nearly $46K ($7,638 PTA). It went on to cume $1.86M theatrically.
“It’s not often that a smart, accessible feel-good, romantic period comedy/revisionist bio pic about one of our greatest poets comes along,” commented Edward Arentz, co-Managing Director of Greenwich Entertainment Sunday. “So it’s gratifying to see audiences embrace Wild Nights, and suggests a healthy national roll out.”
Neon took Amazing Grace to 58 theaters in the doc’s second weekend. The feature which captures a young Aretha Franklin in concert at a Watts church in 1972 grossed $372,288 Friday to Sunday, averaging $6,419. In its start, Amazing Grace grossed $57,353 in three locations, averaging $19,118.
A24 gave Claire Denis sci-fi thriller High Life starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche a jump to 32 theaters in its second outing. High Life grossed $204,181, averaging $6,381. Its start was more lofty last weekend in its initial four theaters. The feature grossed $24,835 in its initial frame, averaging $24,835.
Amazon Studios added 29 runs for Mike Leigh’s Peterloo in its second frame. In 32 theaters, the British historical pic grossed an estimated $204,181 in the three-day, averaging $6,381. The title had a $26K start in three theaters last weekend, averaging $8,667.
PBS Distribution’s The Chaperone had a slow start, but its holding its own in its third weekend. Starring Elizabeth McGovern and Haley Lu Richardson, the period piece recalling Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York pre-stardom grossed $66,450 in 33 theaters ($2,014 average), an expansion of 20 runs vs. last weekend. The title, however, had an almost identical per theater average despite the location increase. The Chaperone grossed over $26K last weekend in 13 theaters, averaging $2,040. It has cumed over $113K.
Diane by Kent Jones and starring Mary Kay Place also showed gusto with an expansion as it went into its third weekend. The IFC Films release has an $83,627 estimate in 64 theaters, averaging $1,307. That is only 25% below its $1,744 PTA last weekend when the title played 33 runs ($57,556 weekend gross). Diane has cumed $201K.
Bleecker Street’s Hotel Mumbai is just shy of $8M following its fourth weekend. Starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the feature grossed nearly $869K in 617 theaters, averaging $1,408 bringing its estimated cume to $7.97M as of early Sunday.
No Manches Frida 2 crossed the $9M threshold in its fifth weekend. The Pantelion/Lionsgate, Spanish-language release grossed $190K in 135 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $1,407. 2016 release, No Manches Frida, cumed $11.52M in theaters.
In its sixth outing, Julianne Moore starrer Gloria Bell took in $155K in 168 theaters ($923 average) brining its cume to $5.35M. The original Santiago-set Spanish-language Gloria (both directed by Sebastián Lelio) cumed $2.1M stateside.
Girls Of The Sun (Cohen Media Group) NEW [8 Theaters] Weekend $8,160, Average $1,020
Her Smell (Gunpowder & Sky) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $39,058, Average $13,019
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $27,896, Average $9,299
Mary Magdalene (IFC Films) NEW [62 Theaters] Weekend $62,436, Average $1,007
Teen Spirit (Bleecker Street) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $44,361, Average $11,090
Wild Nights With Emily (Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $33,000, Average $11,000
Amazing Grace (Neon) Week 2 [58 Theaters] Weekend $372,288, Average $6,419, Cume $612,244
High Life (A24) Week 2 [32 Theaters] Weekend $204,181, Average $6,381, Cume $340,640
Peterloo (Amazon Studios) Week 2 [32 Theaters] Weekend $33,939, Average $1,061, Cume $66,020
Storm Boy (Good Deed Entertainment) Week 2 [17 Theaters] Weekend $2,887, Average $170, Cume $66,424
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
The Beach Bum (Neon/Vice) Week 3 [100 Theaters] Weekend $61,680, Average $617, Cume $3,341,497
The Chaperone (PBS Distribution) Week 3 [33 Theaters] Weekend $66,450, Average $2,014, Cume $113,482
Diane (IFC Films) Week 3 [64 Theaters] Weekend $83,672, Average $1,307, Cume $201,057
Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) Week 4 [617 Theaters] Weekend $868,876, Average $1,408, Cume $7,977,408
Sunset (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [18 Theaters] Weekend $13,600, Average $756, Cume $87,197
The Aftermath (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [234Theaters] Weekend $160,000, Average $684, Cume $1,430,397
Ash Is Purest White (Cohen Media Group) Week 5 [23 Theaters] Weekend $28,894, Average $1,256, Cume $355,062
The Hummingbird Project (The Orchard) Week 5 [20 Theaters] Weekend $6,225, Average $311, Cume $367,746
The Mustang (Focus Features) Week 5 [527 Theaters] Weekend $788,000, Average $1,500, Cume $3,175,000
No Manches Frida 2 (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 5 [135 Theaters] Weekend $190,000, Average $1,407, Cume $9,053,565
Gloria Bell (A24) Week 6 [168 Theaters] Weekend $155,000, Average $923, Cume $5,350,132
The Kid (Lionsgate Premiere) Week 6 [49 Theaters] Weekend $8,700, Average $178, Cume $1,499,257
Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 7 [126 Theaters] Weekend $120,200, Average $954, Cume $8,300,155
Transit (Music Box Films) Week 7 [45 Theaters] Weekend $39,745, Average $883, Cume $683,627
The Wedding Guest (IFC Films) Week 7 [7 Theaters] Weekend $5,086, Average $727, Cume $385,985
Birds Of Passage (The Orchard) Week 9 [8 Theaters] Weekend $2,081, Average $260, Cume $501,036
Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [16 Theater] Weekend $13,500, Average $844, Cume $1,205,902