Specialty Box Office: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Triumphs In Limited Debut; ‘All Is Lost,’ ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Open Solid

Fox Searchlight opened its Oscar hopeful 12 Years A Slave in limited release following spectacular runs in Telluride, Toronto and the New York Film Festival. The film, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, grossed $960K in 19 theaters for a strong $50,525 PSA, placing it in the upper echelon for the year. Searchlight said Sunday that the film, produced by New Regency, reached an “incredibly diverse audience,” adding, “We have been attracting both the Art/Specialty cinephile crowd as well the African-American audience. CinemaScores have come in with an overall grade of ‘A’ with a fairly wide spread in terms of age and demographics.”

To put in perspective, SPC’s Blue Jasmine opened in 6 theaters in August, averaging just over $102K ($31.97 cume); Focus’ The Place Beyond The Pines bowed in April with 4 runs, averaging $69,864 ($21.4M cume); A24’s Spring Breakers opened in a trio of runs, averaging $87,667 ($14.12M cume), while the distributor’s August release The Spectacular Now opened with a $49,354 average in 4 theaters ($6.8M cume). Searchlight’s own box office successes The Way, Way Back opened in 19 locations in July, averaging just over $29K ($21.43M cume) and Enough Said opened in 4 theaters, averaging $58,200 September 18 ($10.787M cume so far). (more…)

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