The dog days of summer have arrived early for the specialties, which have only had some success in peeling away audiences from studio fare. New limited release titles landed slowly this weekend, with Sony Pictures Classics Toronto ’18 documentary Maiden topping the few titles reporting numbers Sunday. The Alex Holmes-directed feature about a competitive all-female sailboat crew that took on the Whitbread ‘Round the World Race sailed into six New York and Los Angeles ports, grossing $50,715 for an $8,453 per theater average.
Word of mouth could very well float Maiden as it heads to more cities. The best doc box office debut this year remains Apollo 11, which bowed in 120 theaters in its opening frame, grossing $1.6M in 120 theaters ($13,392 PTA). It went on to cume $8.9M.
At its New York premiere earlier this week, SPC co-president likened Maiden’s prospects to the company’s successful 2012 doc Searching For Sugar Man, which bowed in July 2012 in three theaters to a moderate $27,459 and a $9,153 PTA. Sugar Man went on to cume $3.69M.
“Both are stories not [previously] seen on the [big screen] before, yet are very timely,” he said. “Both engage the audience in a major, major way. The word of mouth from all the [Maiden] screenings we’ve had from Toronto through now have had a profound effect. I think it foreshadows a very successful release.”
Maiden will set course for Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. next followed by about a dozen more cities after the 4th of July weekend.
Spiritual title The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith from ArtAffects Entertainment had the widest opening among the specialties, launching in 205 theaters grossing an estimated $425K in the three-day, averaging $2,074.
Greenwich Entertainment’s German family drama, Three Peaks, meanwhile, opened with an exclusive run at IFC Center in New York for a $4K three-day estimate. The Locarno Film Festival Piazza Grande Award-winner will open at the Nuart in West L.A. next weekend, followed by the top 50 markets int he coming weeks.
Neon’s Wild Rose crooned to a dozen additional theaters in its second weekend outing. Starring Jessie Buckley, the music drama grossed $64,113 in sixteen locations, averaging $4,007. In its debut last weekend, the title grossed just under $53K in 4 theaters, for a $13,235 opening frame PTA.
Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die killed 138 runs vs. last weekend. The Cannes ’19 opener grossed an estimated $520K in 552 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $936. At its peak in its second frame, the star-heavy zombie feature was in 690 locations, grossing over $1.16M, averaging $1,687. The Dead Don’t Die has cumed $5.9M
A24’s Sundance premiere The Last Black Man In San Francisco crossed $2M this weekend. In 155 theaters, more than double the number over last weekend, the title by Joe Talbot grossed over $482K, averaging $3,112. A24 said the title will continue to expand throughout the country in the coming weeks.
Pavarotti had the highest gross among the specialties in the World Pride weekend at $532K in 288 theaters. The CBS Films release averaged an estimated $1,847 in the three-day. In its third frame, the title grossed over $431K in 135 locations, averaging $3,194.
Greenwich Entertainment’s Echo In the Canyon went over $1.5M in its sixth outing, still holding solid in 141 theaters. Directed by Andrew Slater, the feature took in $253,800, averaging $1,800
A24’s The Souvenir is just shy of seven figures. In its seventh weekend, the drama-romance by writer-director Joanna Hogg grossed $30K in 27 theaters, averaging $1,111 bringing its cume just short of $959K.
Telluride and Toronto debut The Biggest Little Farm went over $3.5M marking its eighth weekend in theaters. Directed by John Chester the Neon doc grossed over $132K in 122 theaters, averaging an estimated $1,086 in the three day.
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $50,715, Average $8,453
The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire Of Faith (ArtAffects Entertainment) NEW [205 Theaters] Weekend $425,000, Average $2,074
Three Peaks (Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4,000
Wild Rose (Neon) Week 2 [16 Theaters] Weekend $64,113, Average $4,007, Cume $135,403
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Being Frank (The Film Arcade) Week 3 [13 Theaters] Weekend $12,740, Average $980, Cume $50,124
The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features) Week 3 [552 Theaters] Weekend $520,000, Average $936, Cume $5,900,000
The Last Black Man In San Francisco (A24) Week 4 [155 Theaters] Weekend $482,387, Average $3,112, Cume $2,033,159
Papi Chulo (Blue Fox Entertainment) Week 4 [11 Theaters] Weekend $9,365, Average $851, Cume $57,076
Pavarotti (CBS Films) Week 4 [288 Theaters] Weekend $532,000, Average $1,847, Cume $1,800,636
The Fall Of The American Empire (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [12 Theaters] Weekend $9,020, Average $752, Cume $2,811,197 (total includes French-Canada opening last year)
Echo In The Canyon (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 6 [141 Theaters] Weekend $253,800, Average $1,800, Cume $1,501,746
Halston (1091) Week 6 [5 Theaters] Weekend $2,857, Average $571, Cume $130,949
The Spy Behind Home Plate (The Ciesla Foundation) Week 6 [24 Theaters] Weekend $43,420, Average $1,809, Cume $253,051
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (PBS Distribution) Week 6 [ Theaters] Weekend $, Average $, Cume $
The Souvenir (A24) Week 7 [27 Theaters] Weekend $30,000, Average $1,111, Cume $958,967
All Is True (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [34 Theaters] Weekend $23,894, Average $703, Cume $1,129,277
The Biggest Little Farm (Neon) Week 8 [122 Theaters] Weekend $132,454, Average $1,086, Cume $3,524,590
Meeting Gorbachev (1091) Week 9 [3 Theaters] Weekend $1,110, Average $370, Cume $230,651
The White Crow (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [98 Theaters] Weekend $25,659, Average $262, Cume $1,778,788
Amazing Grace (Neon) Week 14 [18 Theaters] Weekend $10,150, Average $564, Cume $4,416,928
Apollo 11 (Neon) Week 18 [5 Theaters] Weekend $23,352, Average $4,670, Cume $8,905,373