Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
It was all about Fox Searchlight’s Enough Said in the Specialty Box Office. The feature directed by Nicole Holofcener starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini easily scored the weekend’s highest numbers, taking in $240K in 4 theaters for a $60K average. That is one of the highest PSAs of the year among limited-release titles and a career high for Holofcener. Her previous film, Please Give, opened in April 2010 in 5 theaters, averaging $23,625, while Friends With Money (April 2006) had a $21,047 PSA though that film bowed with 28 runs. It went on to cume over $13.3 million.
The average gives Enough Said bragging rights as one of the year’s best specialty openers, though the likes of Blue Jasmine ($102K average in 6 theaters), Spring Breakers ($87,667 in three theaters) and The Place Beyond The Pines ($69,864 in 4 theaters) remain at the top in terms of opening-weekend averages. Searchlight was naturally happy with the weekend results, noting the film has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and heaped praise on the filmmaker and cast. “Audiences have been waiting for a well-written film for adults, and besides Nicole’s core audience, she seems to be reaching a new set of moviegoers who are discovering and appreciating her work,” the distributor said. “We are very happy with the outstanding opening weekend grosses, and while we knew all along that we would do well at the box office, these figures are beyond our wildest expectations.” The company will expand Enough Said to 65 new markets on Friday, while widening in NY and LA. It will head to 180-220 locations.
Roadside/Lionsgate’s Thanks For Sharing had the weekend’s biggest release, opening in 269 theaters and capitalizing on the film’s cast of recognizable names including Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pink and Tim Robbins. The offering proved less than addictive, however, with a $2,255 average and a weekend gross over $607K.
Listen to (and share) episode 42 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom wrap up last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys and what they may suggest will happen in this weekend’s Primetime Emmys show. They also take a look at whether 12 Years A Slave is indeed the Oscar frontrunner after snagging the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Finally, Pete gives his take on this week’s new movie releases, including Ron Howard’s very fast new entry in the Oscar race, Formula One biopic Rush in limited release, the intense thriller Prisoners starring a full slate of Oscar winners; Thanks For Sharing with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo; and Enough Said, a romantic comedy from Nicole Holofcener featuring one of the last films with the late James Gandolfini.
Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Enough Said’, ‘Thanks For Sharing’, ‘A Single Shot’, ‘After Tiller’, ‘C.O.G.’, ‘Haute Cuisine’, ‘The Short Game’, ‘My Lucky Star’, ‘Men At Lunch’
Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
September weekends have been packed with Specialty newcomers and this Friday is no exception. One exec at a boutique outfit commented this weekend that the marketplace cannot sustain the heavy number of new films that have hit the marketplace lately, but the momentum is continuing nevertheless. Fox Searchlight, Roadside/Lionsgate and Tribeca Film are opening Enough Said, Thanks For Sharing and A Single Shot respectively. All boast star power, though their roll out strategies differ at least initially. Thanks For Sharing is by the far the biggest opener in terms of locations. Screen Media and Focus World will bow C.O.G. which is a David Sedaris-adapted story for the big screen, while TWC will open bio-comedy Haute Cuisine, which it hopes will attract foodies and China Lion will tap its core Chinese market with My Lucky Star. Documentaries are also on tap this weekend with Oscilloscope’s After Tiller potentially drumming up attention due to its controversial look at the four remaining doctors who perform late-term abortions in the U.S. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Short Game, meanwhile, is the SXSW audience award-winner centering on 7-year-old golfers. And First Run’s Men At Lunch investigates the back story of one of the depression-era’s most famous photographs.
One of James Gandolfini’s final roles, Enough Said premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the romantic comedy centers on a divorced woman who decides to pursue the man who is her new friend’s ex-husband. “Everybody was happy to be presenting the film at the Elgin [in Toronto],” said Fox Searchlight Senior V.P. Frank Rodriguez. “There was great audience response and everyone came out on stage including Nicole, Julia and Catherine, but there was a big hole with James not being there.” Searchlight had been involved with the project since its early days and Rodriguez called Holofcener’s work a good fit for the distributor. “Her films have been a combination of adult drama and touching a nerve with an audience, which is what we’re always looking for,” said Rodriguez. “She is right in the wheelhouse with that market.” Rodriguez said Searchlight has treaded carefully to not overplay the fact this is one of Gandolfini’s final new onscreen performances.”
Fox Searchlight has dated Enough Said for a platform release September 20, just after the film has its world premiere as a special presentation at the Toronto Film Festival. The comedy written and directed by Nicole Holofcener stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener as well as James Gandolfini as Louis-Dreyfus’ love interest. Gandolfini died June 19 of a heart attack while traveling in Italy. The pic centers on Eve (Louis-Dreyfus), a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act. Then she meets Marianne (Keener), the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest Albert (Gandolfini), a sweet, funny and like-minded man — who also happens to be Marianne’s dreaded ex–husband. Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson and Tracey Fairaway co-star, and Anthony Bregman produced.