‘Non-Fiction’ Grosses Atop A Mediocre Weekend; ‘Dr. Ruth?’: Specialty Box Office

Hopefully the second half of the year will give good box office. Bring it on awards season…

The weekend has been a another slow go. IFC Films’ Non-Fiction by French director Olivier Assayas broke through a bit in two theaters, taking in $29K, averaging $14,528 in the three-day estimate. 

Other newcomers that reported Sunday morning were a blip. Well Go USA’s Shadow opened in four locations for $30,100 ($7,525 per theater average) and documentary Hesburgh, which is a DIY release, took in nearly $68K in 36 theaters, averaging $1,887. Other newcomers including Ask Dr. Ruth from Magnolia did not report numbers as of Sunday morning.

SPC expanded The White Crow to 19 theaters from its opening 5 runs. The bio-drama by Ralph Fiennes grossed an estimated $98,495 in the three-day. Venice doc Carmine Street Guitars went into its second frame for $5,430 in 2 theaters, averaging $2,715.


Non-Fiction is the second American release for French actor Juliette Binoche this spring. She stars in High Life from A24, which also won the opening weekend, though the PTA numbers were nearly double with a $100K opening gross, averaging $25,007. Non-Fiction, however, is in French and Binoche stars opposite Robert Pattinson in High Life, so not an exact comparison. 

High Life crossed seven figures in its fifth weekend. In the three-day, the film by Claire Denis grossed $79K, averaging $806 bringing its cume to $1.09M.

“This is a traditional release for us. We’re happy with the opening especially with our jumps from Friday to Saturday,” said IFC Films exec Justin DiPietro. “We’re going slow with the expansion to build off the critical acclaim and word of mouth and will only bring in BAM and the Royal this Friday…” IFC Films reported the Saturday numbers were “about double. Its run at IFC Center went up 60%.

IFC Films released Assayas’ last film, Personal Shopper stateside in 2017 for a 4-theater opener of $79,175 ($19,175 PTA). That film starred Kristen Stewart and was English-language. It went on to cume $1.3M. His 2015 U.S. release, Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche, Cloe Moretz, Daniel Bruhl and Kristen Stewart and a $20,603 PTA weekend bow, going on to cume $1.85M. Given that his last two films featured Hollywood names, Non-Fiction is showing some legs.

Venice and Telluride doc Carmine Street played an additional run for its second frame. The Abramorama release grossed $5,430 in two theaters, averaging $2,715. In its opener, it played an exclusive run for a three-day $6,090.

Little Woods shed 13 runs from last weekend in its third frame. Friday to Sunday it grossed $10,700, averaging $669. In its second frame, the title grossed $31,155, averaging $1,074. It has cumed $137,568.

IFC Films added 94 theaters for Red Joan starring Dame Judi Dench in its third outing. The drama grossed $253,814, averaging $1,826, about 49% below its $3,540 take last weekend. It has cumed close to $528K.

Bleecker Street’s Hotel Mumbai is closing in on $9.5M, but the feature will have a stretch if it meets $10M. The title took in $69,740 in the three-day, averaging $742, bringing its cume to $9.488M.

Focus Features’ The Mustang may cross $5M in the coming week. In its eighth weekend, the film took in $151K, averaging $659 for a cume of $4.828M.


Hesburgh (Self-Distributed) NEW [36 Theaters] Weekend $67,925, Average $1,887, Cume $88,436

Non-Fiction (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $29,056, Average $14,528

Shadow (Well Go USA) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $30,100, Average $7,525


Carmine Street Guitars (Abramorama) Week 2 [2 Theater] Weekend $5,430, Average $2,715, Cume $17,823

The White Crow (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [19 Theaters] Weekend $98,495, Average $5,184, Cume $210,089


Fast Color (Lionsgate) Week 3 [7 Theaters] Weekend $5,000, Average $714, Cume $68,571

Little Woods (Neon) Week 3 [16 Theaters] Weekend $10,700, Average $669, Cume $137,568

Red Joan (IFC Films) Week 3 [139 Theaters] Weekend $253,814, Average $1,826, Cume $527,783

Her Smell (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 4 [63 Theaters] Weekend $31,483, Average $500, Cume $217,763

Amazing Grace (Neon) Week 4 [263 Theaters] Weekend $367,395, Average $1,397, Cume $2,771,729

High Life (A24) Week 5 [98 Theaters] Weekend $79,000, Average $806, Cume $1,092,978

The Beach Bum (Neon/Vice) Week 6 [14 Theaters] Weekend $5,325, Average $380, Cume $3,497,512

The Chaperone (PBS Distribution) Week 6 [46 Theaters] Weekend $47,310, Average $1,028, Cume $416,471

Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) Week 7 [94 Theaters] Weekend $69,740, Average $742, Cume $9,488,662

Ash Is Purest White (Cohen Media Group) Week 8 [8 Theaters] Weekend $5,653, Average $707, Cume $401,035

The Mustang (Focus Features) Week 8 [229 Theaters] Weekend $151,000, Average $659, Cume $4,828,000

Gloria Bell (A24) Week 9 [33 Theaters] Weekend $20,500, Average $621, Cume $5,575,878

Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 10 [58 Theaters] Weekend $26,700, Average $460, Cume $8,604,041

Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 15 [6 Theater] Weekend $15,013, Average $2,502, Cume $1,282,826

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