Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
The weekend again boasted a plentiful bounty of new Specialty titles, though the saturation has generally divided audiences. In the end, a Chinese film and a documentary were the weekend’s highest per screen average films as nothing exactly dazzled at the box office. Kino Lorber capitalized on the momentum of A Touch Of Sin fresh from its premiere at the New York Film Festival, opening the Zhangke Jia-directed film at Lincoln Plaza and IFC Center in NYC, grossing $24K in two theaters. Kino Lorber gave kudos to NYFF for heightening awareness of the film, which stars Wu Jiang and Vivien Li, as well as a “strong NYT review.” It will head to Laemmle’s Royal Theater in L.A. next weekend and expand throughout the fall.
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Ketchup seasoned its documentary debut Linsanity to the tune of $103K, giving the docu about the rise of the NBA’s Chinese American point guard Jeremy Lin a solid $11,444 average. The pic has also been the top documentary all weekend on iTunes. The figure is notable considering it bowed in 9 theaters. Other docus such as Act Of Killing had higher averages but opened in fewer theaters ($27,450 in 1 theater for Act Of Killing in July, $13,527 in 2 theaters for Stories We Tell in May, $18,199 for 20 Feet From Stardom in 3 theaters in June). (more…)