Holdover Winners of the Weekend: "Chef" and "Belle." In their third and fourth weekends, respectively, the films each expanded aggressively and up with impressive grosses of $2.3 million and $1.7 million -- enough for "Chef' to jump into the overall top 10 and for "Belle" to sit just under it. Their averages of $4,538 and $3,753 were the highest of the top 15 grossers after the mighty likes of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Godzilla," with further expansion looking promising. Could these two films end up becoming the 2014's next $10 million grossers? So far, only one indie film -- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- has managed that feat, with very few breakouts beyond it. Finally, it looks like that will change.
Runner-Up: "The Immigrant." Last week we called James Gray's film the "debut loser," but it managed to hang in there nicely enough in its second weekend for us to revoke the status. The Weinstein Company aggressively too it from 3 to 147 theaters on Friday, and the result was a $463,000 weekend and a respectable $3,150 average. Notably its grosses were up from its holdover theater at the Elinor Bunin Theater in New York despite the fact that it expanded throughout that city. The film seems like a safe bet to hit $1 million by next weekend.
- "The Grand Budapest Hotel" hit $56 million, becoming the 7th highest grossing film in Fox Searchlight history.
- The film also managed its 12th weekend in a row with a per-theater-average above $1,500, outperforming the much newer likes of "The Railway Man" and "Only Lovers Left Alive" in that regard, on far more screens. That's a rare feat these days, and it seems likely the film will cross the $60 million mark in the next couple weeks.
- "Chef," "Fading Gigolo" and "Belle" each crossed the $3 million mark.
- "The Immigrant," "Fed Up" and "Ida" all $500,000 -- and should each cross the $1 million mark easy.
The Holdover Top 10:Chinese Puzzle (Cohen Media Group)
Weekend Gross: $44,900
Theaters: 10 (up from 2)
Total Gross: $81,437
Criticwire Average: B+4. Belle (Fox Searchlight)
Weekend Gross: $1,700,000
Theaters: 453 (up from 173)
Total Gross: $3,899,760
Criticwire Average: B5. The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company)
Weekend Gross: $463,000
Theaters: 147 (up from 3)
Total Gross: $533,340
Criticwire Average: Palo Alto (Tribeca Film)
Weekend Gross: $97,985
Theaters: 42 (up from 36)
Total Gross: $360,708
Criticwire Average: B
7. Fed Up (RADiUS-TWC)
Weekend Gross: $227,025
Theaters: 102 (up from 55)
Total Gross: $668,061
Criticwire Average: B+