"With perfect first positioning by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Afternoon of a Faun certainly blasted off this weekend--we're all thrilled and getting ready to pirouette into national release in the coming weeks," Gary Palmucci of Kino Lorber said.
Also debuting this weekend was SenArt Films/Paladin's documentary "Kids For Cash" and Drafthouse's release of Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England." The former -- released only in Pennsylvania (where the film is set) -- grossed a respectable $40,800 from 4 theaters, averaging $10,200. The latter, meanwhile, opened to a disappointing $5,013, averaging $501 from the 10 screens it reported (though notably it had limited showtimes on most of those screens).
As far as holdovers went, two films snubbed in the Oscar race held on decently. Penn & Teller's doc "Tim's Vermeer" expanded from 4 to 7 theaters and took in $39,011 -- averaging $5,573. Edited down from a remarkable 2,400 hours of footage, the film follows
the epic quest of Penn & Teller's buddy Tim Jenison, an inventor
based in San Antonio whose creations include the NewTek firm, the
videotoaster, an airplane made entirely from elements that he bought at
WalMart, and a lip-synching duck. Tim's latest project is attempting to
prove a theory that 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer employed
technology in painting his works. The film's total now stands at $127,563.
From Chile, Sebastián Lelio's "Gloria" expanded from 29 to 65 theaters
care of Roadside Attractions. The result was a strong $250,700 gross, averaging
$3,857 per theater. The film was submitted to the Oscars by Chile --
and then snubbed by the Academy -- in the foreign language category. Its total now stands at $555,437, giving it a very real shot at becoming the first foreign language film of 2014 to cross $1 million.
As for the rest of holdovers, it was all about the successful Oscar hopefuls.
McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" -- which received 9 Oscar nominations
including best picture -- dropped 494 theaters in its 17th weekend, taking the total to 678. That resulted in a $800,000 gross,
averaging $1,180. "12 Years" has now grossed $47.3
million. That now makes it one of distributor Fox Searchlight's top 7 grossers ever (behind, respectively, "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Black Swan," "The Descendants," "Sideways," and "Little Miss Sunshine" -- all best picture nominees).
Fellow best picture nominee "Philomena" dropped 63 theaters to hit 504, and The Weinstein Company only saw a 16% drop as the film took in $809,000 for a very strong $1,605 average. The film has now totaled $28.7 million after 12 weeks.
Buyers Club" -- which received 6 nominations including best picture -- dropped 564 theaters (giving it a total of 488 overall) in its 15th weekend. The
result was a $631,000 gross and a $1,293 average. "Dallas" has now
grossed $23.7 million for Focus Features.