Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
There were a few weeks there when the specialties shined compared to their studio brethren — overall box office slumped, but newcomers like The Master and Arbitrage impressed. Well, the final weekend of September saw limited-release titles lack the star-power of those earlier releases, and this frame as a result can best be described as ho-hum for the indies. The documentary The Other Dream Team scored the best overall numbers with a solid $11K-plus screen average. Fellow docu The Waiting Room averaged just $2,444, while Hong Kong feature Vulgaria managed a shy $2,250.
Last week’s big specialty opener, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, provided the zest in the specialty realm. Summit took the film to 102 theaters from its initial four-location run, and it did superbly with an $11,150 average and a weekend gross just shy of $1.4 million. The title placed 13th in the overall box office and will likely head into the top 10 next week.
Distribution newcomer The Film Arcade can give a shout-out to its first-ever release The Other Dream Team. The new company went “old school” in its release of the Lithuanian docu it picked up out of Sundance this year, taking it only to theaters and, for now at least, holding off on VOD and other on-demand platforms that have become de rigueur. “We want to do proper theatrical [release], and are not doing day-and-date,” TFA’s Miranda Bailey said. “We want to take ‘harder indie releases’ and take them out into theaters. We absolutely believe that this film had to go theatrical.” The company plans to take Dream Team to additional markets slowly.