Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Most specialty newcomers had a rough go in their rollouts over the weekend, but one film – Celeste And Jesse Forever – managed a spectacular debut. Magnolia Pictures‘ 360 also enjoyed a respectable opening, while others failed to gain traction. Sony Classics’ Sundance Film Festival pick-up Celeste And Jesse Forever, directed by Lee Toland Krieger and co-written by and starring Rashida Jones averaged a solid $28K at four locations in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend, easily topping other specialty debuts. “This is a real labor of love that took so long to get to the screen,” Krieger told Deadline. “The happy ending was when Sony Pictures Classics picked it up.” Sony Classics’ Michael Barker praised Krieger as a “true American independent talent.” The film, which had a budget under $1 million, will next head to Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. (more…)