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Specialty Box Office: Big Weekend For A24 As 'The Rover' Opens Solid and 'Obvious Child' Expands Well

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 15, 2014 at 2:24PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw A24 find both the best opener and best holdover with David Michod's "The Rover" and Gillian Robespierre's "Obvious Child" both having very strong weekends.
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Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in "The Rover."

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw A24 find both the best opener and best holdover with David Michod's "The Rover" and Gillian Robespierre's "Obvious Child" both having very strong weekends. Full report below:

The Debuts:

Debut Winner of the Weekend: "The Rover." A24 saw strong (though not spectacular) numbers from David Michod's follow-up to "Animal Kingdom," "The Rover." Coming off a Cannes debut last month, the film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place in a lawless Australian outback 10 years after a global economic collapse. The film took in $70,000 from 5 theaters for a $14,000 average -- certainly the best among the weekend's debuts, though how it does as it expands in the coming weeks will be the true test.

"The film received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson's breakthrough performance, and his fans responded as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women," A24 said.

Though notably, it's actually a bit lower than the $23,446 Robert Pattinson's last attempt at indie cred -- David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" -- averaged last summer. That film ended up not even grossing $1 million. However, "The Rover" likely has a lot more mass appeal than "Cosmopolis."


This Weekend's Debuts:

1. The Rover (A24)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $70,000
Theaters: 5
Per-Theater-Average: $14,000
Total Gross: $70,000
Criticwire Average: B

2. Hellion (Sundance Selects)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $9,000
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $9,000
Total Gross: $9,000
Criticwire Average: B+

3. Ivory Tower (Samuel Goldwyn & Participant)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $17,000
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $8,500
Total Gross: $17,000
Criticwire Average: B+

4. A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $4,100
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $4,100
Total Gross: $4,100
Criticwire Average: B

5. The Signal (Focus Features)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $146,000
Theaters: 120
Per-Theater-Average: $1,217
Total Gross: $146,000
Criticwire Average: C+

Head over to the next page for a rundown of holdover grosses...

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