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Specialty Box Office: Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Leads Openers; 'The Rover' Crashes In Expansion

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 22, 2014 at 12:47PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw A24 find both the best opener and best holdover with David Michod's "The Rover" and Gillian Robespierre's "Obvious Child" both having very strong weekends.
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Venus In Furs
"Venus In Fur"

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw seven new films enter the market place, including the latest from both Roman Polanski and Paul Haggis. In the end, it was Polanski's "Venus In Fur" that had the best per-theater-average of the of the lot, while French import "Le Chef" -- not to be confused with Jon Favreau's "Chef," which is still doing quite well -- surprised with a strong debut as well.

The Debuts:

Debut Winner of the Weekend: "Venus In Fur." Over a year after it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur" hit both theaters and VOD this weekend to the tune of $26,200 from 2 theaters. That made for a $13,100 average -- the highest of any film in release save "Think Like a Man Too." The French language film -- starring Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner alongside Mathieu Amalric -- adapts the 1870 novel "Venus In Furs." Polanski's name alone clearly helped it find this decent opening, though its steamy content might make it even more of a hit on VOD. This debut shows it's likely be tough for it to top the $2.5 million Polanski's "Carnage" grossed back in 2011, but that film was in English and starred the A-list likes of Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet, so that's not an expectation "Venus" should have anyway.  Things will be more clear when the film expands next weekend.

This Weekend's Debuts:

1. Venus In Fur (Sundance Selects)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $26,200
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $13,100
Total Gross: $26,200
Criticwire Average: B

2. Le Chef (Cohen Media Group)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $10,900
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $10,900
Total Gross: $10,900
Criticwire Average: N/A

3. Coherence (Oscilloscope)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $17,000
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $8,500
Total Gross: $17,000
Criticwire Average: B

4. Third Person (Sony Pictures Classics)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $42,000
Theaters: 5
Per-Theater-Average: $8,400
Total Gross: $42,000
Criticwire Average: C-

5. A Summer's Tale (Big Wolrd)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $13,000
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $6,500
Total Gross: $13,000
Criticwire Average: N/A

6. Code Black (Long Shot)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $6,000
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $6,000
Total Gross: $6,000
Criticwire Average: A-

7. The Last Sentence (Music Box)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $9,000
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $4,500
Total Gross: $9,000
Criticwire Average: B

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

This article is related to: Box Office, News, Belle, Ida, Chef, The Rover, Obvious Child, Venus in Fur





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