Each Tuesday, Indiewire publishes a box office chart that sorts the final weekend numbers of all specialty releases by per-theater average. Check out the full chart here, but we’ve called out some highlights:
Top Per-Theater Average: “Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
Focus Features-released “Moonrise Kingdom” had the best per-theater-average for the fourth weekend in a row as the film expanded from 96 to 178 theaters and managed to place 9th in the overall box office (outgrossing “Battleship” and “The Dictator” despite playing on less than a fifth of their screens). The Wes Anderson-directed film grossed $2,237,726, averaging a potent $12,571.
“‘Moonrise’ had another strong weekend at the box office generating big numbers in the new markets; with many theaters in existing markets surpassing their box office yesterday from last Saturday,” Focus said in a statement.
The film’s new total is $6,839,462. It is having another expansion this upcoming Friday, and if it can continue the momentum of its first three weekends, Focus Features could be looking at a major indie breakout. At the very least, it should easily top $11.9 million Anderson’s last live action film, “The Darjeeling Limited,” grossed in 2007.
Best Debut: “Your Sister’s Sister” (IFC Films)
Lynn Shelton’s fourth feature film, “Your Sister’s Sister,” debuted on 13 screens this weekend care of IFC Films. Starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, the film grossed $109,221, averaging $8,402. That’s a decent debut for a 13-screen initial release, very much on par with “Safety Not Guaranteed” last weekend (which averaged $10,862 from 9 screens). Like “Sister,” “Safety” stars Mark Duplass and is set in the Seattle area.
“Sister” will open the top 30 markets this coming weekend.
Most Disappointing Debut: “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” (Indomina)
The most aggressive — and least successful — new indie release was “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” which opened on 157 screens across the country. Ice-T and Andy Baybutt’s documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence, it grossed a weak $150,337, averaging just $958.
Most Impressive Holdover: “Safety Not Guaranteed” (Film District)
Film District’s Sundance Film Festival pick up “Safety Not Guaranteed” expanded from 9 to 47 screens in its second weekend to very strong results. It took in $296,494 — up 203% from last weekend. That made for a $6,277 average and a new total of $439,999.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the “Safety” stars Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass (who impressively had roles in two of the three films with the best per-theater-averages this weekend). It follows three employees of a magazine as they investigate an ad that reads: “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.”
“Safety” will expand to 37 markets on the June 22nd and roughly 120 theatres.
Most Disappointing Holdover: “Lola Versus” (Fox Searchlight)
Not fairing so well in its second weekend was Fox Searchlight’s release of Daryl Wein’s romantic comedy “Lola Versus.” Starring Greta Gerwig as a woman dealing with life after a long term relationship ends, the film expanded from 4 to 52 screens and took in just $61,779 (“Your Sister’s Sister” grossed nearly twice that on only 13 screens). That made for a weak $1,141 per-theater-average and a new total of $107,991.
Check out the full box office chart.