Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Sleepwalk With Me as predicted lead the pack of new specialty releases. With $65,000 at only one engagement, the feature nonetheless sprinted into very specific record-breaking territory. Distributor IFC Films touted its numbers and some trivia, giving the dog days of summer some luster and a moment of levity. “As a joke Avengers director Joss Whedon recently declared war on our film, so we’re surprised to see that our per screen average is so much higher than The Avengers‘ $47,698 per screen [opening]. We look forward to beating his worldwide gross of $1.5 billion in the coming weeks.” (Marvel’s The Avengers is approaching that figure worldwide). IFC Films pointed out that Sleepwalk is the highest per-theater average for an American “non-animated film from a first-time filmmaker.” It is also a “house record-breaker” for New York’s IFC Center. Sleepwalk will now head to Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, Seattle and other cities in coming weekends. It will be on 22 screens by August 31st. Also opening with a strong start in its debut, Oscilloscope’s Samsara averaged a fantastic $37,500. Next up is L.A. followed by a national rollout.
Just in time for the Republican convention, Rocky Mountain Pictures paraded its anti-Obama doc 2016 Obama’s America into 1,091 venues in its 7th week versus last weekend’s 169. Late last week, the feature was tracking as the movie with biggest advance ticket sales and seemed poised to even overtake The Expendables 2 as Friday’s overall box office winner. That didn’t happen, but it still landed in the upper echelon of the weekend’s biggies, grossing upward of $6.2 million for a solid $5,717 average and placing 8th in the overall box office. Last weekend 2016 averaged $7,393. Certainly a solid showing, but if there’s a comparison to be made, Michael Moore’s anti-Bush doc Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed nearly $24 million, averaging $27,558 in 868 theaters for its bow back in 2004 on its way to $119.2 million in North America.
Among specialty holdovers, Cosmopolis stumbled in its second weekend, averaging a paltry $2,435. R-Patz and Cronenberg fans failed to carry the Cannes title into its second round after adding 60 theaters. Sundance premiere Robot & Frank, held better in its second weekend, averaging $6,325. And Compliance added 9 locations, averaging $4,800. It debuted in one theater last week, taking in $16K. Sony Pictures Classics’ Celeste And Jesse Forever added 48 theaters in its 4th weekend, averaging $2,614. Last weekend it averaged $3,744. For its opening in four venues, it averaged $26,964.
Little White Lies (MPI Pictures) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $26,500, Average $8,833
Neighboring Sounds (Cinema Guild) [2 Theaters] Weekend $14,157, Average $7,078
Samsara (Oscilloscope Laboratories) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $75K, Average $37,500
Sleepwalk With Me (IFC Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $65,000
Somewhere Between (Long Shot Factory) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7.877
Returning / 2nd Weekend
The Awakening (Cohen Media Group) Week 2 [31 Theaters] Weekend $19,972, Average $644, Cume $152,670
Beloved (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $17,360, Average $2,480, Cume $57,377
Chickens With Plums (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,745, Average $3,373 , Cume $85,713
Compliance (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [10 Theaters] Weekend $48K, Average $4,800, Cume $73,344
Cosmopolis (Entertainment One) Week 2 [63 Theaters] Weekend $153,420 Average $2,435, Cume $447,240
Death By China (Area 23a) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $3,100
Robot & Frank (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 2 [46 Theaters] Weekend $290.950, Average $6,325, Cume $342,259
2 Days In New York (Magnolia Pictures) Week 3 [40 Theaters] Weekend $102K, Average $2,550, Cume $290,674
Red Hook Summer/strong> (Variance Films) Week 3 [29 Theaters] Weekend $79,944, Average $2,757, Cume $168,685
Celeste And Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [115 Theaters] Weekend $300,611, Average $2,614, Cume $1,041,207
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (IFC Films) Week 5 [37 Theaters] Weekend $39,960, Average $1,080, Cume $389,151
Killer Joe (LD Entertainment) Week 5 [60 Theaters] Weekend $195K, Average $3,250, Cume $935,839
Ruby Sparks (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [135 Theaters] Weekend $168K, Average $1,244, Cume $2,109,846
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [29 Theaters] Weekend $128,333, Average $4,425, Cume $502,275
The Queen Of Versailles (Magnolia Pictures) Week 6 [85 Theaters] Weekend $192K, Average $2,259, Cume $1,539,193
2016 Obama’s America (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 7 [1,091 Theaters] Weekend $6,237,517, Average $5,717, Cume $9,075,393
Easy Money (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [4 Theaters] Weekend $6,830, Average $1,708, Cume $178,602
Farewell My Queen (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [64 Theaters] Weekend $101,376, Average $1,584, Cume $1,111,138
The Imposter (Indomina, A&E IndieFilms) Week 7 [24 Theaters] Weekend $86,486, Average $3,604, Cume $391,604
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) Week 9 [212 Theaters] Weekend $460K, Average $2,170, Cume $8,856,593
To Rome With Love (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [221 Theaters] Weekend $203,558, Average $921, Cume $15,888,782
Safety Not Guaranteed (FilmDistrict) Week 12 [54 Theaters] Weekend $50K, Average $926, Cume $3,756,928
Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 14 [332 Theaters] Weekend $418,514, Average $1,261, Cume $43,679,330
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 17 [112 Theaters] Weekend $90K, Average $804, Cume $45,751,024
Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) Week 18 [52 Theaters] Weekend $48,742, Average $937, Cume $9,121,276
The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 20 [194 Theaters] Weekend $362K, Average $1,866, Cume $10,457,197For more estimates listed by title, see box office results here...