After a big weekend of openers last weekend, the specialty market is slowing down a bit for Independence Day weekend, with indie box office-interested eyes likely more fixated on how “Begin Again” and “Snowpiercer” manage in their first weekends of expansion (both have the makings of breakout hits — but this weekend will be very telling in that regard). But there are also a couple new entries in the specialty marketplace, including Steve James’ anticipated Roger Ebert doc “Life Itself,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s first Italian-language film in years, and festival hit “The Girl on the Train.”
Overall weekend verdict: It’s going to be all about the holdovers. “Life Itself” and “Me and You” should manage respectable numbers, but the story will be how “Begin Again” and “Snowpiercer” hold up in weekend two, and how older titles like “Obvious Child” fare in further expansion.
Peter Knegt is a regular contributor to Indiewire and our box office columnist. Follow him on Twitter.