As we noted last week it certainly was a case of quantity, not so much quality, at your local art house this past weekend. None of the new indie openers blew the doors down and most were outright failures. Oh, where to begin?
Roadside Attractions’ “The Skeleton Twins” remained the best of the indie bunch with a second week expansion to 49 runs and a weekend gross of $448,000 ($9,143 PSA). The film expands to 75 markets and 375+ runs this coming weekend.
Relativity’s four runs of the Simon Pegg starrer, “Hector and the Search For Happiness”, could use some help heading into its expansion on October 3rd but it’s the kind of a film that may play better with a more mainstream adult audience rather than having to rely on your local (un)friendly art film critics. The film opened to $46,000 in its 4 runs (PSA $11,500)
Weinstein expanded “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” to 136 runs and tallied $170,000 (a rather light PSA of $1,250)
Weinstein’s new release of the week, “Tracks”, didn’t fare much better as the Mia Wasikowska drama opened to $21,600 in 4 theatres (PSA $5,400)
A24 went fairly wide (for that company, at least) with the Kevin Smith horror show, “Tusk”, and moviegoers proved that seeing Justin Long covered in walrus tusks and buckets of blood wasn’t high on their To Do List. The film managed just $886,000 in 602 theatres (PSA $1,472)
Drafthouse Films’ documentary on musician/actor Nick Cave, “20,000 Days on Earth”, had the highest per screen average of the week, although it helps if you only have one playdate on the film and it’s smack in the middle of Greenwich Village. The film grossed $26,900.
The Kevin Kline/Maggie Smith dramedy, “My Old Lady”, enticed enough seniors away from Friday night hip therapy and Saturday “Downton Abbey” reruns to pull in $486,000 in 170 theatres. (PSA $2,860)
In what is likely to be the first time ever (and hopefully the last) that Box Office Insider has mentioned “Downton Abbey” twice in two sentences, former DA star Dan Stevens’ “The Guest” opened to a miserly $82,100 from its 19 theatres (PSA $4,321)
And lastly, “Zero Theorem”, a film from Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, which by the by has been on VOD for weeks now, showed why Amplify went the VOD route as it could only muster $82,000 from its 63 runs. (PSA $1,300)