Specialty Preview: ‘Queen Of Versailles,’ ‘Well-Digger’s Daughter’

Magnolia Pictures’ Sundance doc from lauren Greenfield, The Queen Of Versailles, opened by cashing in among the specialties, grossing $54K with a regal $18K average in 3 theaters over the weekend. has picked up a good amount of attention from morning TV and other shows. The documentary’s subjects — a mega-wealthy couple called “1-percenters” who live a life of reckless luxury but then face a day of reckoning — appear to be the film’s best marketers, perhaps inadvertently. It will expand into San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, San Diego, Atlanta, and Philadelphia next Friday, and then widen into another 10 to 15 markets on August 3rd. By the way, there’s an ongoing lawsuit over the film. Another opener, Tribeca Films’ Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai, was in a pair of locations and averaged $6,138. The company called it a “very solid” start for Takashi Miike’s release. At NYC’s IFC Center, the film grossed an estimated $10,272 for the weekend. Initially limited by opening on just a 60-seat screen, the film was quickly promoted to a larger 110-seat screen where it had multiple evening sell-outs. In LA’s Downtown Independent, it grossed $2,000 for the weekend, resulting in a overall per screen average of $6,138. Tribeca is set to bring the title to major markets including Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco over the next few weeks, with more dates to be added soon. Kino Lorber Films opened The Well Digger’s Daughter in two New York theaters and one in Seattle, averaging a milder $4,333. The distributor of Daniel Auteuil’s French-language update of Marcel Pagnol’s work was counter-programming Batman for older audiences and had a “solid debut”. Kino Lorber chief Richard Lorber caught wind of The Well-Digger’s Daughter after speaking with French sales outfit Pathé ahead of the American Film Market last year. Then Kino Lorber worked with French cultural institute Alliance Francaise to spread the word. It grossed $13,000 from New York’s Quad Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Theatre, as well as at Landmark’s Varsity in Seattle. It will quickly expand next Friday to LA, San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia, with many more markets to follow in August and September. Shut Up And Play The Hits from Oscilloscope opened for a one-night-only release on limited showtimes on Wednesday, with select encore shows added on Thursday due to demand. “The film played to capacity in the top 20 markets with nearly every show selling out,” the company said. In all, it played on 161 theaters and made $378K with an average of $2,353. More showings are being added.

Fox Searchlight over the weekend expanded Sundance feature winner Beasts Of The Southern Wild (from its strong opening one month ago). Cohen Media Group’s Farewell My Queen reigned strongly in its second week. Indomina’s The Imposter remained in 1 theater in its second round, still grabbing audiences with a healthy average. Sundance Selects expanded its India-set feature Trishna into 15 additional locations. And The Weinstein Company’s Easy Money stayed in two theaters in its second weekend and only dropped -38% from its opening:

NEW

30 Beats (Roadside Attractions) NEW [15 Theaters] R
Weekend $8,665, Average $578

Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai 3-D (Tribeca Film) NEW [2 Theaters]
Weekend $12,275, Average $6,138

The Queen Of Versailles (Magnolia) NEW [3 Theaters] PG
Weekend $54K, Average $18K

The Well Digger’s Daughter (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [2 Theaters] NR
Weekend $13K, Average $4,333

Shut Up And Play The Hits (Oscilloscope) Week 1 – July 18/19 [161 Theaters]
Weekdays $378K, Average $2,353

Returning / 2nd Weekend

Farewell My Queen (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [11 Theaters]
Weekend $96,910, Average $8,810, Cume $201K

2016 Obama’s America (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 2 [4 Theaters]
Weekend $33,020K, Average $8,255, Cume $80K

The Obama Effect (AMC) Week 2 [21 Theaters] PG13
Weekend $6K, Average $286, Cume $103K

Easy Money (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [2 Theaters]
Weekend $15,256, Average $7,628, Cume $52K

The Imposter (Indomina) Week 2 [1 Theater]
Weekend $12,246K, Average $12,246, Cume $43K

Omerta (Alliance Vivafilm) Week 2 [82 Theaters]
Weekend $257K, Average $3,137, Cume $1.3M

Red Lights (Millennium Entertainment) Week 2 [2 Theaters]
Weekend $2,760, Average $1,380, Cume $17K

Trishna (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [16 Theaters]
Weekend $40K, Average $2,500, Cume $89K

Union Square (Dada Films) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $2,527, Average $1,263, Cume $26,890

Holdovers / 3rd And More Weekends

Runaway Slave (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 3 [1 Theater]
Weekend $751, Average $751, Cume $11K

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [129 Theaters]
Weekend $762K , Average $5,905, Cume $2.9M

Take This Waltz (Magnolia Pictures) Week 4 [56 Theaters]
Weekend $108,997, Average $1,946, Cume $833,634

Neil Young Journeys (Sony Classics) Week 4 [11 Theaters]
Weekend $17,930, Average $1,630, Cume $84K

To Rome With Love (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [552 Theaters] R
Weekend $1.55M, Average $2,812, Cume $11.23M

Bel Ami (Magnolia Pictures) Week 7 [1 Theater] Weekend $2,084

Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) Week 13 [104 Theaters]
Weekend $164K, Average $1,578, Cume $8.3M

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 12 [287 Theaters]
Weekend $421K, Average $1,467, Cume $43.9M

Beyond The Black Rainbow (Magnolia Pictures) Week 10 [4 Theaters] Weekend $1,114, Average $279, Cume $54,269

For Greater Glory (Arc Entertainment) Week 8 [33 Theaters]
Weekend $23K, Average $697, Cume $5.5M

Dark Horse (Vitagraph Films) Week 7 [10 Theaters]
Weekend $12K, Average $1,200, Cume $100K

The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 9 [91 Theaters] R
Weekend $322K, Average $3,538, Cume $7.0M

I Wish (Magnolia Pictures) Week 11 [5 Theaters] Weekend $2,285, Average $457, Cume $124,767

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (Magnolia Pictures) Week 20 [5 Theaters] Weekend $4,967, Average $993, Cume $2.527M

The Magic Of Belle Isle (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [7 Theaters] Weekend $15,585, Average $2,226, Cume $46,488

Marley (Magnolia Pictures) Week 14 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,191, Average $986, Cume $1.393M

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 9 [895 Theaters] PG13
Weekend $1.8M, Average $2,086, Cume $35.1M

Safety Not Guaranteed (FilmDistrict) Week 7 [124 Theaters]
Weekend $157K, Average $1,266, Cume $2.9M

Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films) Week 6 [67 Theaters] Weekend $67K, Average $1K, Cume $1.35M

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