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