Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of Movieline.
Hyde Park On Hudson bowed regally in 4 locations over the weekend, topping the specialty release newcomers. Starring Bill Murray as America’s longest serving President, the Roger Michell-directed feature averaged $20,820. Other openers bowed with less gusto. Tribeca Films’ The Fitzgerald Family Christmas with Ed Burns averaged a slight $3,450 in 4 theaters. Cinedigm’s In Our Nature opened in one location with $4,378. Oscilloscope bowed a pair of features, Only The Young and the challenging to pronounce Tchoupitoulas in a single cinema each, grossing $2K and $3K respectively. And Strand Releasing opened California Solo in two locations with a modest $2,612 average.
“Hyde played well to older art house audiences this weekend,” a Focus spokesperson said today. “The top grossing theaters (Lincoln Square/NY, Landmark/LA) traditionally attract adult audiences – particularly at matinee and early prime time shows – which is when Hyde really popped.” Focus CEO James Schamus told me this week they plan to follow a “classic aggressive platform release,” hitting 15 markets and 28 theaters next weekend. It will move out further on the 21st and continue its rollout into the New Year.
Tribeca Films’ Fitzgerald will head to 15 locations next weekend, concentrating in South FL and Chicago. Ed Burns will be Skypeiing in with audiences during showings. Tribeca Film noted that a Saturday evening show in Huntington, Long Island sold out, and the movie had “solid performances in otherwise lower grossing suburban areas.” The movie’s also available on VOD and is currently one of the top 5 most popular Independent films on iTunes, according to the distributor.
Among holdovers, SPC’s Rust And Bone added two theaters in its third round and even had an uptick in its per screen average, which came in at $13,709. Last weekend it averaged $12,912 in two locations. Also holding solid is fellow Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which held reasonably steady in 371 theaters, dropping 28% from the week prior. And Focus added 38 theaters for its awards contender Anna Karenina. It averaged 3,644 vs. last weekend’s $5,806. Read More »