Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Cosmopolis launched its run in the U.S. and qualified as a master of the specialty universe – at least this weekend. After a blitz of media coverage worthy of a studio blockbuster, the David Cronenberg-directed, Robert Pattinson-starrer averaged a fairly impressive $24K-plus in three locations Stateside. The Cannes opener somehow failed to impress Canadian audiences when it opened in early summer (distributor Entertainment One reported its North American cume at $268,900, which includes Canada). Next week, eOne will add 20 markets in the U.S. followed by more at the end of the month. Samuel Goldwyn’s Robot & Frank also debuted with promising numbers. It averaged $19,117 in a pair of theaters, while Magnolia Pictures’ opened Compliance in one theater with a solid $16K.

“We’re really pleased with the numbers,” said Magnolia’s head of distribution Neal Block. “In a weekend crowded with specialized openings, people came out to see Craig [Zobel's] thought-provoking movie. It’s impossible not to talk about Compliance once you’ve seen it – to analyze it, to praise or criticize the actions of the characters, to wonder how you’d act in a similar situation. These conversations, along with our strong reviews, will carry the film into its expansion next week.” Compliance will hit Los Angeles and San Francisco and a few other markets next week.

Robot & Frank will add six markets and additional locations in NYC next week. “Exhibitors have been enthusiastic and we’re getting a bit more traction because of the technology elements”, said Peter Goldwyn from Samuel Goldwyn Films. “It’s a comedy that has a lot of heart and soul.”

Tribeca Film’s Keanu Reeves-produced doc Side By Side opened in one theater, grossing $7,200. The distribution label under the Tribeca Film Festival umbrella said “The weekend featured sold-out evening shows and rave reviews hailing it as one of the best documentaries of the year,” noted a Tribeca spokesperson. The doc, directed by Chris Kenneally and featuring Keanu Reeves interviewing a veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood figures discussing the transition from film to digital will hit VOD this week and next open wider in New York on August 31 before rolling out to an additional 10 markets throughout September. Chicken With Plums bowed with less impressive numbers, averaging only $5,604 in a pair of theaters. Filmmaking duo Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi’s follow-up to their lauded 2007 feature Persepolis did not attract similar box office returns that their first film received. Presepolis averaged $12,689 in its 7- theater bow five years ago.

Among holdovers, 2 Days In New York added a dozen locations in its second round, averaging a solid $6K. Sony Classics’ Celeste And Jesse Forever added 49 theaters in its third weekend, holding on with a $3,744 average. The red states turned out for 2016 Obama’s America, which added 108 theaters in its sixth week. The feature scored an impressive $7,393 average vs its $5,249 average last weekend in 61 theaters. And in its sixth week, The Imposter added 6 locations, giving the doc a solid $4,350 average. The figure was a 29% rise from last weekend.

Variance did not release second weekend numbers for Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer.

NEW

The Awakening (Cohen Media Group) NEW [70 Theaters] Weekend $94,377, Average $1,348

Beloved (Sundance Selects) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $27,500, Average $5,500

Chickens With Plums (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $11,207, Average $5,604, Cume $53,383 (includes numbers from Canada where it was released previously.)

Compliance (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $16K

Cosmopolis (Entertainment One) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $72,327 Average $24,109, Cume $268,900 (includes numbers from Canada where it was released previously.)

Robot & Frank (Samuel Goldwyn Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $38,234, Average $19,117

Side By Side (Tribeca Film) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,200

Returning / 2nd Weekend

2 Days In New York (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [14 Theaters] Weekend $86K, Average $6,143, Cume $123,928

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends

Celeste And Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [67 Theaters] Weekend $250,874, Average $3,744, Cume $619,435

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Sundance Selects) Week 4 [31 Theaters] Weekend $46,500, Average $1,500, Cume $320,200

Killer Joe (LD Entertainment) Week 4 [42 Theaters] Weekend $147,350, Average $3,508, Cume $663,007

Klown (Drafthouse Films) Week 4 [5 Theaters] Weekend $2,348, Average $470, Cume $57,932

Ruby Sparks (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [218 Theaters] Weekend $300K, Average $1,376, Cume $1,795,371

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [27 Theaters] Weekend $108,536, Average $4,020, Cume $311,612

The Queen Of Versailles (Magnolia Pictures) Week 5 [77 Theaters] Weekend $190K, Average $2,468, Cume $1,228,191

2016 Obama’s America (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 6 [169 Theaters] Weekend $1,249,489, Average $7,393, Cume $2,066,991

Easy Money (The Weinstein Company) Week 6 [5 Theaters] Weekend $13,100, Average $2,620, Cume $165,691

Farewell My Queen (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [60 Theaters] Weekend $100,175, Average $1,670, Cume $969,315

The Imposter (Indomina, A&E IndieFilms) Week 6 [19 Theaters] Weekend $82,641, Average $4,350, Cume $272,255

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [236 Theaters] Weekend $555K, Average $2,352, Cume $8,102,676

To Rome With Love (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [160 Theaters] Weekend $252,373, Average $1,577, Cume $15,562,045

Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films) Week 9 [21 Theaters] Weekend $18,900, Average $900, Cume $1,575,000

Safety Not Guaranteed (FilmDistrict) Week 11 [54 Theaters] Weekend $41K, Average $759, Cume $3,683,607

For Greater Glory (Arc Entertainment) Week 12 [ Theaters] Weekend $, Average $, Cume $

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 13 [282 Theaters] Weekend $493,977, Average $1,752, Cume $42,940,857

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 16 [128 Theaters] Weekend $104K, Average $812, Cume $45,587,973

Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) Week 17 [71 Theaters] Weekend $59,357, Average $836, Cume $9,044,165

The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 19 [194 Theaters] Weekend $375K, Average $1,933, Cume $9,893,419

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