The final weekend of the summer movie season has come and gone, and the specialty box office ended things off somewhat uneventfully. The top newbie was Focus Features' comedy "For a Good Time, Call...,' which took in a decent 4-day gross of $186,077 from 23 locations.
The weekend's biggest winners remained the same as the weekend prior. "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara" -- which last weekend scored among the best limited debuts of the year -- held on very strong as they expanded, continuing to give hope to distributors IFC Films and Oscilloscope that have some indie hits on their hands.
Meanwhile, a bonafide hit continued to be clear in anti-Obama doc "2016: Obama's America," which held a spot in the overall top 10 and became one of the 10 highest-grossing documentaries ever.
Full rundown on these films and over a dozen more below.
"For a Good Time, Call..." (Focus Features)
Jamie Travis's comedy "For a Good Time" -- starring Lauren Miller (who also co-wrote) and Ari Graynor -- was released on 23 screens this weekend care of Focus Features, and found by far the most impressive debut. Taking in $186,077 over the 4-day frame, the film averaged a respectable -- though certainly unspectacular -- $8,090.
"'For A Good Time Call' drew a predominantly young, female audience this weekend," Focus Features noted. "According to exit polls, rating and recommend scores with Females under 25 were above average - a good sign as we continue to expand throughout September."
The audience breakdown for the film saw 70% female and 69% aged 18-34.
"Little Birds" (Millennium Entertainment)
The long-delayed "Little Birds" -- which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival -- was finally released this weekend via Millennium Entertainment. On one screen, the result was a mediocre $5,974 over the 4-day frame. Directed by Elgin James, the film stars Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann.
"Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" ( Indomina Releasing)
Indomina saw better numbers from the debut of Jet Li-starring "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," which screened in IMAX 3-D. On 15 screens, the film scored a so-so $125,000 gross, averaging $8,333 per-screen over the 4-day frame. Considering the higher prices of IMAX 3-D screenings, this is something of a disappointment.
For news on holdover releases, including "Sleepwalk With Me," "Samsara," "Little White Lies," "2016: Obama's America," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," continue to the next page.