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Specialty Box Office: 'Obvious Child' a Hit For A24; 'Chef' Hits $10 Million

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 8, 2014 at 2:07PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Sebastian Junger's doc "Korengal" top openers in its exclusive engagement debut, narrowly beating out the per-theater-average of Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," which was in one more theater. News wasn't quite so good for other openers, with "We Are The Best," "Filth" and "Lucky Them" all failing to managed significant audiences.
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"Obvious Child."
"Obvious Child."

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Gillian Robespierre's "Obvious Child" show signs of another hit for A24, while Open Road went wide with "Chef" and saw it become the 2nd highest grossing indie of 2014, after "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (which notably is still trucking along itself).

The Debuts:

Debut Winner of the Weekend: "Obvious Child." Making good on its Sundance promise, A24 brought Gillian Robespierre's "abortion rom com" to three theaters this weekend and saw very promising numbers.  Reviews were exceptional -- particularly for Jenny Slate's star-making lead performance -- which clearly aided in bringing sell out audiences to the film and helping it average a pretty stellar $27,000. That's the best per-theater-average for an indie so far this summer, and bodes well as A24 rolls the film out over the next three weeks, heading into a nationwide release on June 27th.


This Weekend's Debuts:

1. Obvious Child (A24)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $81,000
Theaters: 3
Per-Theater-Average: $27,000
Total Gross: $81,000
Criticwire Average: B+

2. Citizen Koch (Variance)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $10,200
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $10,200
Total Gross: $10,200
Criticwire Average: B

3. 2 Autumns, 3 Winters   (Film Movement)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $2,000
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $2,000
Total Gross: $2,000
Criticwire Average: A

4. Ping Pong Summer (Gravitas)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $31,900
Theaters: 17
Per-Theater-Average: $1,876
Total Gross: $31,900
Criticwire Average: B+

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

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