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‘Wild’ Takes the Stage Amid Pre-Holiday Awards Rollout

'Wild' Takes the Stage Amid Pre-Holiday Awards Rollout

Fox Searchlight’s Reese Witherspoon Best Actress vehicle grossed $630,000 with a $30,000 PSA, which is terrific considering it wasn’t as limited an opening as its Oscar rivals scoring $30,000-plus per screen, “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” and “The Theory of Everything,” “Wild” not only opens in 13 more markets next week, but will broaden to 90-100 theaters by December 12 and go wide by Christmas.

“Wild” has the benefit of a major star making a comeback as well as a good shot going forward at securing the chronically underserved women’s audience. 

The Weinstein Company’s Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game” continues to please crowds. TWC added only four theaters, so they kept their PSA high ($50,196) for the next best second weekend per-theater average of the year (after “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). TWC will broaden the film next weekend to six more exclusive runs plus more screens in NY and LA for a total 30-35 theaters. Steady as they go. 

Opening

“Wild” (Fox Searchlight) – Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto, Hamptons, London 2014
$630,000 in 21 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $30,000; Cumulative: $630,000
What comes next: The question will be quickly Searchlight takes this to other cities.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” (International Film Circuit) –  Metacritic: 84; Festivals include: Milwaukee, Hot Docs 2014
$$9,225 in 1 theaters; PSA: $9,225

“Zero Motivation” (Zeitgeist) – Criticwire: B+; Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: Tribeca, Hamptons, London 2014
$9,692 in 1 theater; PSA: $$9,692; Cumulative:  $13,410

“Concerning Violence” (Kino Lorber) – Criticwire: A-; Metacritic: 82; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin, BAM, Busan 2014
$ $4,000 in 1 theater; PSA: $4,000

Week Two:

“The Imititation Game” (Weinstein)
$$401,570 in 8 theaters (+4); PSA: $ $50,196; Cumulative: $1,012,769

“The Babadook” (IFC) – also available on Video on Demand
$66,600 in 22 theaters (+19); PSA: $$3,027; Cumulative: $112,424

“Antarctica: A Year on Ice” (Music Box) 
$29,000 in 13 theaters (+5); PSA: $$2,232; Cumulative: $73,068

Ongoing/expanding (Grosses over $50,000 in under 1,000 screens):

“The Theory of Everything” (Focus) Week 5
$2,668,000 in 826 theaters (+24); PSA: $3,230 Cumulative:  $13,613,434

“Birdman” (Fox Searchlight) Week 8
$1,150,000 in 738 theaters (+28); PSA: $1558 Cumulative: $18,919,495

“Foxcatcher” (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4     
$574,727 in 75 theaters (+3); PSA: $7,663 Cumulative: $2,842,240

“Whiplash” (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9   
$351,474 in 175 theaters (-4); PSA: $2,008 Cumulative: $4,415,205

“The Homesman” (Roadside Attractions) Week 4
$501,450 in 154 theaters (+104); Cumulative: $1,066,715

“Rosewater” (Open Road) Week 4
$175,904 in 202 theaters (-10); Cumulative: $2,909,612

“Citizenfour” (Radius/Weinstein) Week 7
$135,939 in 104 theaters (+1); Cumulative: $1,724,183

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