Roadside Attractions has a full fledged indie hit on its hands if the first week of “The Skeleton Twins” is any indication. The company released the film in only 15 locations to a whopping $411,000 for a hefty per screen average of $27,400. That number is one of the highest of the year and made the choice of the indie to not take their usual VOD day and date look pretty shrewd. Expansion will be forthcoming (hopefully they will announce a plan on Monday).
Elsewhere, Weinstein had to be pleased, although perhaps just a bit underwhelmed by the performance of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”. The Jessica Chastain/James McAvoy drama did a respectable $77,200 in its four theatres in NY & LA this past weekend, good enough for a per screen average of $19,300. On any other week that would have been noteworthy but it does feel like it was a bit overshadowed by the twins.
Lastly, Cohen Media Group’s “My Old Lady” grossed a very serviceable $134,000 in 11 theatres. The rom/com/dram starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas enjoyed a per screen average of $12,100.