‘Monos’ Debuts Mild, ‘Ms. Purple’ Grows In Second Weekend, ‘Brittany’ Continues Its Marathon – Specialty Box Office

The docu, which chronicles the history of her deaf parents and follows her deaf son learning to play Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata," premiered in New York at Landmark 57 to the tune of $7,120. It seemed like this weekend was ideal to release films about sound, as Peabody Award-winning documentarian Irene Taylor Brodsky releases her latest film, Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, at Abramorama. The film will expand September 20 to L.A. The Michael Tyburski-directed drama The Sound Of Silence from IFC Films, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones, debuted quietly in two theaters to an estimated weekend $6,148. at the Laemmle Royal in hopes to pad that gross.
One Cut of the Dead (Variance Films) – Week 1 [2 Screens], Weekend $6,200, Average $3,100
For a slow roll-out, that number needs to be higher in order to be a buzzy, word-of-mouth title. Now in its fourth weekend, it took in an estimated $1,550,339 with a $2,048 average with a cume of $3,805,310. We are hearing that the Paul Downs Colaizzo-directed pic is playing best in the big cities on the coast. We'll just have to wait and see if the expansion will rope in and resonate with more audiences. Good, right? That said, Amazon picked this up at Sundance for a pretty penny ($14M) and it plans to expand even further for its widest release on September 20. We have learned that, according to PostTrak polling, 71% rated it as very good or excellent. Amazon's Brittany Runs A Marathon expanded to 757 runs in 142 markets this weekend. Well, not exactly.
The Farewell (A24) – Week 10 [229 Screens] Weekend $263,975, Average $1,153, Cume $17,145,682
HOLDOVERS/THIRD+ WEEKEND
Before You Know It (1091) – Week 3 [28 Theaters] Weekend $15,892, Average $568, Cume $108,177
Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon Studios) – Week 4 [757 Theaters] Weekend $1,550,339, Average $2,048, Cume $3,805,310
Edie (Music Box Films) Week 2 [9 Theaters], Weekend $10,797, Average $1,200, Cume $26,446
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Abramorama) – Week 4 [24 Screens] Weekend $55,472, Average $2,311, Cume $242,651
Purple from filmmaker Justin Chon expanded to three theaters and earned an estimated $13,650, with a per-theater average of $3,413. After debuting at the NuArt in L.A. and becoming the best opening in over a year and second-best opening in five years for the theater, Oscilloscope's Ms. This brought its cume to $31,878. The sibling drama will add surely add to its bank, as it is slated to open in the top 10 markets the weekend of September 20.
Cracked Up (Abramorama) – Week 1 [1 Screen], Weekend $5,580, Average $5,580
Aquarela  (Sony Pictures Classics) – Week 5 [20 screens] Weekend $14,034, Average $702, Cume $207,004
Tod@s Caen (Lionsgate) – Week 3 [211 Theaters], Weekend $174,000, Average $822, Cume $2,412,000″ />
Luce (Neon) – Week 7 [115 Screens] Weekend $71,000, Average $617, Cume $1,853,182
Desolation Center (Matson Films) – Week 1 [3 Screens], Weekend $5,356, Average $1,785
Meanwhile, Greenwich Enterainment/1091's documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice, sang into 220 theaters after debuting last week in seven theaters. As for other markets, it didn't hit that high of a note. It came in at #1 in 75% of its locations where it opened, including New York's The Landmark at 57 West, L.A.'s  Landmark and San Francisco's Embarcadero Center Cinema. We are hearing that the Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman feature docu about the music icon ran in 76 markets and saw a decent run in a handful of markets. It also did well in DC, Minneapolis and Tucson.
Freaks (Well Go USA) – Week 1 [111 Theaters], Weekend $164,000, Average $1,479
The film may have had star wattage, but it wasn't necessarily enough to bring in audiences. Well Go USA's thriller Freaks from Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky also debuted this weekend, hoping to scare up audiences on Friday the 13th. It netted an estimated $164,000 with an average of $1,479 per screen. That said, it opened in 111 theaters in 51 markets. The film has a stacked cast, with Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern as banner names. We hear that although it had mild numbers at the Empire in New York and the Arclight Hollywood in L.A., it didn't make a dent in other markets.
In New York, the film opened at the Angelika and Landmark 57, while in L.A., it debuted at the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark. Neon and Participant Media's Monos hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on a total of five screens. Even so, we hear that of all the theaters, the Angelika brought in a decent audience, while the others didn't fare very well. With that accolade under its belt, it raked in an estimated $43,285 for its opening weekend, averaging $8,657. Directed by Alejandro Landes, the Red Dawn-esque dramatic thriller starring Julianne Nicholson made its debut at Sundance and won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize.
Honeyland (Neon) – Week 8 [46 Screens] Weekend $32,088, Average $698, Cume $532,181
Maiden (Sony Pictures Classics) – Week 12 [70 Screens] Weekend $44,001, Average $629, Cume $3,052,928
David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics) – Week 9 [67 screens] Weekend 26,522, Average $396, Cume $646,254
NEW RELEASES
Mr. Klein (Restored) (Rialto Pictures) – Week 2 [1 Theater], Weekend $19,000, Average $19,000, Cume $35,000
Louis, Seattle and others. It should be noted that on September 8, A24 released a Mandarin version of the film in select theaters nationwide, including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Speaking of the A24 dramedy directed by Lulu Wang and starring the juggernaut that is Awkwafina, the film is now in its 10th week and has a cume of $17,145,682 on 229 screens.
The Sound of Silence (IFC Films) – Week 1 [2 Theaters], Weekend $6,148, Average $3,074
The specialty box office was fairly quiet this weekend, with a handful of releases and holdovers that were, at best, mild.
Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles (Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Week 4 [77 Theaters] Weekend $70,451, Average $915, Cume $413,382
Chhichhore (FIP) – Week 2 [195 screens], Weekend $449,000, Average $2,302, Cume $1,348,000
After The Wedding (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [96 Screens] Weekend $56,105, Average $584, Cume $1,504,748
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (Abramorama) – Week 1 [1 Screen], Weekend $7,120, Average $7,120
The Huck Finn-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen is now in its sixth weekend run and has reached $15,043,769 on 1,490 screens. Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz’s The Peanut Butter Falcon continues to impress in its third weekend of wide release, sitting at #9 in the top 10 films of the week. In the coming week, the Roadside Attractions pic will become the #2 most-successful limited release film of the year, surpassing Late Night ($15.5M), and could possibly surpass fellow indie hit and buzzworthy awards season title The Farewell.
Purple (Oscilloscope Laboratories) – Week 2 [4 Screens] Weekend $13,650, Average $3,413, Cume $31,878 Ms.
Monos (Neon/Participant Media) –  Week 1 [5 Screens], Weekend $43,285, Average $8,657
RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND
Official Secrets (IFC Films) – Week 4 [330 Theaters] Weekend $571,560, Average $1,732, Cume $957,071
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich Enterainment/1091) – Week 2 [220 Theaters], Weekend $734,636, Average $3,339, Cume $889,879
The Peanut Butter Falcon  (Roadside Attractions/Armory Films) Week 6 [1,490 Theaters] Weekend: $1,921,127, Average: $1,289, Cume: $15,043,769
Midsommar (A24) – Week 11 [50 Screens] Weekend $38,113, Average $762, Cume $27,370,090

‘Free Solo’ Ascends To 2018’s Best Per-Theater Average; Redford’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

We The Animals (The Orchard) Week 7 [26 Theaters] Weekend $9,335, Average $359, Cume $387,960
“It’s a relaxed film that we felt would get broader. [Redford’s] films usually come out all at once like A Walk In the Woods or go out slowly.” “I have to be honest, I thought I’d be happy with a $22,500 or $25K average,” said Searchlight SVP Frank Rodriguez Sunday.
Based on a New Yorker article by David Grann, the film was originally developed and brought to Fox Searchlight by Condé Nast Entertainment. The Fox Searchlight release grossed $150K, averaging $30K. Fellow Telluride debut The Old Man & The Gun, from writer-director David Lowery and starring Redford in what he says is likely his last acting role, opened five locations Friday.
Pick Of The Litter (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [63 Theaters] Weekend $74,628, Average $1,185, Cume $366,531
Lizzie (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 3 [206 Theaters] Weekend $89,900, Average $436, Cume $546,124
The filmmakers and their subject Honnold took part in Q&As all weekend at the Arclight Hollywood, selling out the dome, as well as the Angelika Theater as well as Denver and Boulder, two centers with climbing enthusiasts. The title also won the People’s Choice Audience Award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND
The Old Man & The Gun (Fox Searchlight) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $150,000, Average $30,000
But their latest climb, Free Solo, has scaled a new threshold for a nonfiction debut with its $300,804 gross in four theaters in New York, L.A., Denver and Boulder, CO. In 2015, filmmakers Vasarhelyi and Chin took doc audiences on death-defying mountain climbs with Meru, taking in over $2.3M in the box office via Music Box Films. Greenwich Entertainment said Free Solo’s audiences were “predominantly 20 and 30-somethings, driven by social media.”
God Bless The Broken Road (Freestyle Releasing) Week 4 [111 Theaters] Weekend $35,399, Average $319, Cume $2,783,113
Colette (Bleecker Street) Week 2 [38 Theaters] Weekend $418,501, Average $11,013, Cume $638,932
And Sony Classics’ The Wife with Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce stands at $6.1M in its seventh frame. The film took in $777,386 in the three-day, averaging $1,779
Added Rodriguez: “It was No. It also did well at Landmark 57 West in Manhattan.” Rodriguez gave kudos to Searchlight’s sister company Nat Geo for Free Solo’s success, noting The Old Man & The Gun was second at the Arclight Hollywood, where the former played the largest auditorium. 1 yesterday at Regal Union Square [in New York] and will probably be so [Sunday].
Juliet, Naked (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 7 [71 Theaters] Weekend $64,775, Average $912, Cume $3,360,568
The Bookshop (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 6 [74 Theaters] Weekend $70,834, Average $957, Cume $1,473,473
“National Geographic is beyond proud to have shepherded this project from the beginning.” “In a year where audiences are recognizing the power of seeing docs on the big screen, it’s so gratifying to see Free Solo embraced as the thrilling theatrical experience that it is,” said Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks.
HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (Abramorama) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $51,373, Average $25,687
Assassination Nation (Neon) Week 2 [1,035 Theaters] Weekend $202,817, Average $196, Cume $1,728,565
The Sisters Brothers (Annapurna) Week 2 [27 Theaters] Weekend $244,091, Average $9,040, Cume $404,814
All About Nina (The Orchard) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $30,164, Average $7,541
[The project] was very intricate with a heavy production shoot, and it was secret. As Vasarhelyi told me this week. It’s a big deal for any financier to accept those risks. “[National Geographic was] the perfect partner for us. They were a great home for us, and they understood what we were doing.”
The Dawn Hall (The Orchard) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $5,932, Average $1,483, Cume $783,507
Black ’47 (IFC Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,006
Said Abramorama on Sunday: “We’re thrilled, as are the producers at Cinereach, with the overwhelming response to the film. grossed $51,373 in two theaters, averaging a robust $25,687. Although overshadowed by Free Solo, another doc opener had a robust start in two locations. It will roll out across the country over the next few weeks so everyone will have the opportunity to experience the M.I.A. phenomenon.” Not bad for the Sundance debut that took a bit of time before finding a distribution home. Abramorama's Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street) Week 14 [34 Theaters] Weekend $9,502, Average $279, Cume $6,099,951″ />
The Jacques Audiard-directed feature grossed an estimated $244,091in the three-day, averaging $9,040. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal jumped to 27 theaters from its opening four locations. The Sisters Brothers took in over $122K in its debut, averaging $30,507. Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers with John C.
likely would have grabbed bigger headlines had it not opened opposite Free Solo. Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. Abramorama’s Sundance doc Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. In the three-day, the Telluride debut took in $150K for a solid $30,000 per-theater average. had a robust opening in two theaters over the weekend, grossing $51,373, averaging $25,687. about Sri Lankan/British singer M.I.A. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s The Old Man & The Gun starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek, rolled out in five locations Friday. Among other openers, Neon took Monsters And Men to 18 locations, grossing $130,979 ($7,277 average), while IFC Films’ Black ’47 played an exclusive run for $9,006. And, The Orchard opened All About Nina with four runs, grossing $30,164 ($7,541 average).
Ya Veremos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 5 [58 Theaters] Weekend $51,000, Average $879, Cume $4,113,563
Free Solo (National Geographic Documentary Film/Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $300,804, Average $75,201
Tea With The Dames (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [19 Theater] Weekend $45,872, Average $2,415, Cume $69,011
Free Solo’s opening all but assures it’ll join the year’s big three docs, RBG  Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the National Geographic Film/Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a massive $300,804 in just four theaters, averaging $75,201, the best opening-weekend PTA of 2018, climbing over previous title holder, Eighth Grade. and Three Identical Strangers as 2018’s nonfiction behemoths. Telluride/Toronto documentary Free Solo ascended to some of the best opening box office stats of the year and even scaled new peaks in the nonfiction realm. The bow for the film about Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope also is the best opening-weekend PTA for a documentary ever, overtaking 2006 Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth, which averaged $70,333 in its opening frame in four locations.
Blaze (Sundance Selects) Week 7 [89 Theaters] Weekend $96,748, Average $1,087, Cume $578,707
Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [101 Theaters] Weekend $36,785, Average $364, Cume $1,976,290
Monsters And Men (Neon) NEW [18 Theaters] Weekend $130,979, Average $7,277
Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $8,382, Cume $28,241
We think we can open in cities like Little Rock and Birmingham, AL.” that will bring its total to 35-40 locations. Added Rodriguez: “We have over 600 theaters locked already. The film then will go out nationally October 19. Next weekend, The Old Man & The Gun will add eight more markets — Austin, Dallas, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, San Francisco, Phoenix and Chicago — in addition to expansions in New York and L.A.
The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [437 Theaters] Weekend $777,386, Average $1,779, Cume $6,104,060
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment) Week 2 [1,719 Theaters] Weekend $1,120,872, Average $652, Cume $5,190,165
Bisbee 17 (4th Row Films) Week 4 [10 Theaters] Weekend $10,457, Average $1,045, Cume $74,907
1 specialty debut, Colette from Bleecker Street, played 34 additional runs in its second frame, grossing $418,501 in a total of 38 theaters, averaging $11,013. The biopic starring Keira Knightley averaged over $39K in its opening three-day frame. Last weekend’s No.
306 Hollywood (El Tigre Productions) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $8,150
The film grossed $45,872 in 19 theaters Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,415 bringing its cume to $69,011. Sundance Selects doc Tea With the Dames played 19 theaters in its second weekend following its exclusive bow last weekend.
NEW RELEASES
Nat Geo doc Science Fair played an additional 22 runs versus the prior weekend. The Sundance debut grossed $62,160, averaging $2,302.
Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Film) Week 3 [27 Theater] Weekend $62,160, Average $2,302, Cume $110,844