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Specialty Box Office: 'Dance of Reality' Leads Underwhelming Debuts; 'Chef' and 'Belle' Push Their Breakout Potential (UPDATED)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 26, 2014 at 12:50PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality" find the promising debut amidst a group of underachievers, while "Chef," "Belle," "The Immigrant," "Ida" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" all tried to make up for it with strong performances later in their runs.
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The Dance Of Reality

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Dance of Reality" find the promising debut amidst a group of underachievers, while "Chef," "Belle," "The Immigrant," "Ida" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" all tried to make up for it with strong performances later in their runs.

The Debuts:

Debut Winner of the Weekend: "The Dance of Reality."  Alejandro Jodorowsky's return to the big screen opened exclusively at the Landmark Sunshine in New York and Landmark Nuart in LA, and did so by exceeding box office expectations. It grossed $24,970 over the three day weekend, averaging $12,485 per theater. That made it the only film in release other than "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to average a six digit number, which is pretty impressive for the Chilean import, which blends  Jodorowsky's personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry. The film, which is being released by ABKCO Films (who also produced and distributed Jodorowsky's "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain"), the film will open exclusive engagements in Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and San Francisco next weekend before rolling out across the country in June and July.

'Cold In July'
'Cold In July'

Debut Loser of the Weekend: "Cold In July." Literally days after it screened in the Directors Fortnight at Cannes, Jim Mickie's pulp noir thriller came to US theaters. But it didn't seem like the exposure from becoming a rare film to screen at Sundance and then head to Cannes -- or its very strong reviews -- helped it much. The Michael C. Hall-led film ended up grossing just $40,800 from six theaters in New York, L.A., Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle and Dallas. No disaster, but its $6,800 average certainly wasn't promising either.

This Weekend's Debuts:

1. The Dance of Reality (ABKCO Films)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $24,970
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $12,485
Total Gross: $24,970
Criticwire Average:

B

2. Words and Pictures (Roadside Attractions)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $91,440
Theaters: 10
Per-Theater-Average: $9,144
Total Gross: $91,400
Criticwire Average: C+

3. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (IFC Films)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $14,000
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $7,000
Total Gross: $14,000
Criticwire Average: B+

4. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Oscilloscope)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $7,000
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $7,000
Total Gross: $7,000
Criticwire Average: B+

5. Cold in July (IFC Films)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $40,800
Theaters: 6
Per-Theater-Average: $6,800
Total Gross: $40,800
Criticwire Average: B+

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

This article is related to: Box Office, News, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive , The Railway Man, Belle, Ida, Chef, Palo Alto, The Immigrant, Chinese Puzzle, Cold in July, The Dance Of Reality