Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Killer Joe manned up to its NC-17 and made a solid showing in three theaters with the top per-theater average among newcomers, $12,621 average. A number of distributors noted the Olympics opening served as a spoiler, but most newbies managed fairly solid results. Nipping at Killer Joe‘s heels, Ruby Sparks bowed at 13 locations, averaging $11,683. Searching For Sugar Man opened in three with an average of $9,511, and Danish comedy Klown also debuted in three theaters, averaging $9,333.
With a hefty dose of violence and people leaving theaters saying they’ll never look at chicken the same way, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe opened in Manhattan exclusively over the weekend taking in just under $38K. Although distributor LD Entertainment had some limitations in advertising due to its rating, stars Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch embraced latenight talk show duty, and Friedkin worked festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival and Seattle in the lead-up to the film’s release. (more…)