Charles Burnett‘s “Killer of Sheep” got off to a terrific start at IFC Center this weekend in New York City, breaking the 3 day single screen house record at the downtown Manhattan venue. The film earned an estimated 21,500.00 for the weekend at the theater. Along with grosses from its other opening weekend showing at the Jacob Burns Center in Westchester County, the film will have an estimated $12,000 per screen average. The restored film, made 30 years ago, never had a theatrical release due to music rights and is being released by Milestone Films, opening in Los Angeles next weekend followed by other cities around the country.
“All of us at Milestone are overjoyed that Charles Burnett’s beautiful film is getting its long-overdue accolades and that so many moviegoers are discovering its timeless honesty,” said Milestone president Amy Heller, in a statement on Sunday. “It has been an honor to help bring Killer of Sheep back and we look forward to introducing it to audiences across the country and the world.”
indieWIRE’s review of the film, from Reverse Shot, was published last week. [Eugene Hernandez]