Telluride and Toronto documentary The Biggest Little Farm by John Chester reaped a solid start over the weekend with the best per theater average in the three-day. The Neon release grossed an estimated $101K in five theaters, averaging $20,202. The PTA is the highest of Neon’s three 2019 non-fiction releases, though Apollo 11 went out in a comparatively wider 120 locations in its debut for $1.6M in its launch weekend, averaging $13,929. Apollo 11 has totaled $8.64M.
Amazing Grace played a December weekend in three theaters ($57K in three theaters, $19,118 PTA) before its April start for the title’s regular theatrical run ($88K in 8 theaters, $11K average). It has cumed $3.28M to date.
Kenneth Branagh-directed historical drama All Is True bowed in four theaters for $46,809 in four locations, averaging $11,702, the second best of the specialty reporting specialty newcomers. Other debuts had below five-figure PTAs. Kino Lorber’s Pasolini starring Willem Dafoe played an exclusive New York run grossing $9,218, while Cohen Media Group’s My Son starring Guillaume Canet took $4,484 in three locations ($1,003 PTA). Mary Harron’s Charlie Says with Matt Smith played 39 runs, grossing just over $39K ($1,003 PTA).
The Biggest Little Farm’s weekend start suggests the title will sew good numbers as it continues dishing out to more locations. The film is the third in a trio of documentaries Neon has opened this year that are “aspirational,” though very different.
Apollo 11, Amazing Grace and now The Biggest Little Farm are films that are very life affirming and positive…,” said Neon head Tom Quinn earlier this week. “It’s a blueprint and map forward, not just with Mother Nature, but also how we approach life in general.”
Last year, Neon released Three Identical Strangers, one of the four big docs of 2018, grossing over $13M in theaters.
IFC Films added three runs for Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction in its second frame, grossing an estimated $45,271 in five locations for a $9,054 PTA, the best among the second weekend holdovers. The dreamed played to $29,853 in its debut in two theaters, averaging $14,927.
Well Go USA played Zhang Yimou’s action-drama Shadow in 43 additional theaters also in its second weekend. Shadow grossed $135,400 from 47 runs in the three-day, averaging $2,881. The number suggests it has some momentum after a soft start. The title bowed with a $6,869 PTA from a $27,474 gross in just four theaters in its opening frame. It has cumed over $178K.
1091 Media added 16 locations for Meeting Gorbachev in the title’s second round bringing its count to 18. The doc by Werner Herzog and Andre Singer took in $37K, averaging $2,057.
Ralph Fiennes-directed period drama The White Crow sashayed to 31 additional locations in its third weekend, bringing its number to 50. The SPC release grossed nearly $145K, averaging $2,895. In 19 theaters last weekend, The White Crow grossed just under $95K, averaging $4,996. It has cumed a tad under $398K.
Bleecker Street’s Hotel Mumbai crossed $9.5M, marking its second month of release. The title grossed $38,888 Friday to Sunday, averaging $778 bringing its cume to an estimated $9,518,197.
All Is True (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $46,809, Average $11,702
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $101,012, Average $20,202
Charlie Says (IFC Films) NEW [39 Theaters] Weekend $39,114, Average $1,003
My Son (Cohen Media Group) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $4,484, Average $1,494
Pasolini (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,218
Hesburgh (Self-Distributed) Week 2 [23 Theaters] Weekend $14,935, Average $650, Cume $128,555
Meeting Gorbachev (1091 Media) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $37,027, Average $2,057, Cume $62,007
Non-Fiction (IFC Films) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $45,271, Average $9,054, Cume $74,327
Shadow (Well Go USA) Week 2 [47 Theaters] Weekend $135,400, Average $2,881, Cume $178,284
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
The White Crow (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [50 Theaters] Weekend $144,770, Average $2,895, Cume $397,903
Her Smell (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 5 [24 Theaters] Weekend $11,234, Average $468, Cume $244,787
The Chaperone (PBS Distribution) Week 7 [45 Theaters] Weekend $31,000, Average $691, Cume $468,391
Little Woods (Neon) Week 4 [9 Theaters] Weekend $1,620, Average $180, Cume $144,270
Red Joan (IFC Films) Week 4 [193 Theaters] Weekend $252,164, Average $1,307, Cume $898,026
Wild Nights With Emily (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 5 [57 Theaters] Weekend $42,080, Average $738, Cume $402,025
Amazing Grace (Neon) Week 5 [260 Theaters] Weekend $312,000, Average $1,200, Cume $3,283,977
Hotel Mumbai (Bleecker Street) Week 8 [50 Theaters] Weekend $38,888, Average $778, Cume $9,518,197
Ash Is Purest White (Cohen Media Group) Week 9 [5 Theaters] Weekend $3,428, Average $685, Cume $410,678
The Mustang (Focus Features) Week 9 [118 Theaters] Weekend $81,000, Average $686, Cume $4,996,000
Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 11 [24 Theaters] Weekend $20,700, Average $863, Cume $8,646,942