Audiences continued to flock to Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" this weekend as the film took in over $1 million from just 34 theaters. That trumped any news from debuting films in the specialty market, as Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" managed a decent but unspectacular debut and Mike Cahill's "I Origins" stumbled. Full report below:
Debut Winner of the Weekend (Sort of): "Wish I Was Here," questionably. "A Five Star Life" and "Mood Indigo" had arguably more impressive numbers (see below), but Zach Braff's second feature film gets this status because it was -- at least out of the gate -- by no means the disaster some suspected it might be.
Braff clearly has his share of fans. Enough so that he was able to get them to offer $3.1 million on Kickstarter to help him fund his follow up to his hit 2004 directorial debut "Garden State." But given the backlash of that Kickstarter campaign and the generally negative reviews that eventually met "Here" when it debuted at Sundance, it was clear that the film would be met with something of an uphill battle in theaters. And it still could. But the Focus Features release had a decent first weekend in 68 theaters, grossing $495,000 for a $7,279 average. Not the kind of numbers that suggest it could match the $26.7 million grossed by "Garden State," but not the kind Braff or Focus should be upset over either. Especially given the competition from "Boyhood"'s first weekend of expansion (see the next page).
The real test, however, is next weekend. Focus is sending "Here" to 110 markets and roughly 600 theaters. That's going to be a serious uphill battle, but for now -- the film is neither a hit or a disappointment.
This Weekend's Debuts: (ranked in order of per-theater-average)
1. A Five Star Life (Music Box)
Weekend Gross: $16,500
Total Gross: $16,500
Criticwire Average: N/A
Head on over to the next page for holdover grosses, including "Boyhood," "America," "Begin Again" and "Snowpiercer"...