Anthony McCarten To Script Narrative Adaptation Of Lauded Docu ‘Three Identical Strangers’ For Raw, Film4 & SKE

The film, being mounted by Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, is based on the smash hit documentary film from last year. EXCLUSIVE: Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write the script and produce an untitled narrative film based on Three Identical Strangers.
McCarten stays in non-fiction mode with Three Identical Strangers. When the 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, it also sets a chain of extraordinary and disturbing events in motion. Set in New York and Long Island, the docu told the fascinating true story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth.
The New Zealand-born writer's next film is The Pope, starring Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis opposite Anthony Hopkins who plays Pope Benedict. McCarten was Oscar nominated for all three films. McCarten has the unusual distinction of seeing his last three films resulting in Best Actor Oscar wins for the films' stars. Before Bohemian Rhapsody and Rami Malek, that was Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything.
Ross Katz and Mark O’Connor are overseeing development on behalf of SKE. Raw’s Katherine Butler and Dimitri Doganis and SKE’s Sidney Kimmel and John Penotti and McCarten will produce the film. Film4’s Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden, Submarine’s Josh Braun and Dan Braun, and doc director Tim Wardle will be exec producers. Ollie Madden oversees for Film4.” />
It eventually grossed over $12 million in the U.S. How it and Won't You Be My Neighbor didn't make the finals for the Best Documentary Oscar is about as compelling a mystery as what was contained within the film. Raw, Film4 and SKE last year won a feverish auction for the life rights of Shafran and Kellman, two of the identical triplets at the heart of the documentary. The Raw-backed documentary premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It won won the DGA Award for Documentary, won prizes from Critics Choice and National Board of Review, and was nominated for a BAFTA. Directed by Tim Wardle and financed and executive produced by CNN Films and Channel 4 (UK), Three Identical Strangers was the highest-grossing limited release documentary, per screen, of the year on its opening weekend.

‘Eighth Grade’ Graduates to Best Opening Per Theater Average of 2018 at $63K; ’Sorry To Bother You’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

Three Identical Strangers (NEON/CNN Films) Week 3 [167 Theaters] Weekend $1,181,080, Average $7,072, Cume $2,517,854
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot (Amazon Studios) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $83,120, Average $20,780
RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND
Amazon Studios launched Gus Van Sant’s latest, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, starring Joaquin Phoenix, also in four theaters Friday. PBS Distribution, meanwhile, opened Kimberly Reed’s documentary Dark Money with an exclusive New York engagement ,grossing $8,100. Though overshadowed by Eighth Grade, the title nevertheless had a solid start, grossing $83,120 for a $20,780 average.
Released via A24, the feature grossed over $252K in four locations, giving it a robust $63,071 PTA. Bo Burnham’s Sundance debut Eighth Grade opened with the best debut weekend per theater average of the year. The figure tops Searchlight’s Isle Of Dogs, which now holds the second-highest opening weekend average of 2018 at $60,011.
And Gunpowder & Sky’s Hearts Beat Loud handily grossed two million in its sixth weekend. The title took in $131K in 131 theaters ($1K average) brining its cume to $2,115,765.
Shock And Awe (Vertical Entertainment) NEW [100 Theaters] Weekend $41,000, Average $410
Yellow Submarine (Abramorama) Week 2 [79 Theaters] Weekend $84,379, Average $1,068, Cume $460,961
It has cumed $7,121,205. Bollywood’s Sanju played 223 locations in its third weekend, grossing $500K ($2,242 average). Sanju played 359 theaters in North America the weekend prior to $1.24M ($3,454 average).
Hearts Beat Loud (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 6 [131 Theaters] Weekend $131,025, Average $1,000, Cume $2,115,765
Critics have also been incredibly supportive with rave reviews …particularly for Elsie Fisher’s star-making lead performance and Josh Hamilton’s supportive turn as the befuddled dad trying to help her navigate life in the era of Instagram and Snapchat.” and New York,” adding: “Audiences responded this weekend with exit polls through the roof showing sensational word-of-mouth for this moving, funny and authentic portrait of a young woman navigating her way through the universally relatable experience of eighth grade. A24 said Sunday the feature “sold out shows in both L.A.
The Sundance title had a robust second frame, grossing $4.258M for a $5,289 per theater average. Annapurna said the feature played “especially strong in big cities and on the coasts,” adding: “Boots is a visionary artist and we couldn’t be happier that audiences are loving this outrageous and original film.” Sorry To Bother You grossed over $717K last weekend, averaging $44,831.  Annapurna played Boots Riley’s genre-bending Sorry To Bother You in 16 theaters in its opening weekend, but moved the title to 805 runs in its second frame.
Eighth Grade (A24) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $252,284, Average $63,071
theaters Friday with a decently solid start, taking in $83,120 for a $20,780 PTA. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Joaquin Phoenix, fell short of Phoenix’s other 2018 Amazon Studio release, You Were Never Really Here by Lynne Ramsay, which grossed nearly $133K in its opening frame in three theaters, averaging $44,276. That film went on to cume over $2.52M. Amazon opened Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot in four New York and L.A.
from Focus Features expanded its lead as the year’s top non-fiction title at the box office, grossing over $1.88M in 868 locations. Bleecker Street expanded Leave No Trace to over three hundred theaters in its second weekend, grossing over $1.15M. Neon doc Three Identical Strangers cloned another strong weekend, taking in $1.18M in 167 theaters, while fellow Sundance doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The King (Oscilloscope) Week 4 [17 Theaters] Weekend $26,250, Average $1,544, Cume $104,985
Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street) Week 3 [311 Theaters] Weekend $1,158,879, Average $3,726, Cume $2,121,517
American Animals (The Orchard/MoviePass Ventures) Week 7 [78 Theaters] Weekend $78,408, Average $1,005, Cume $2,714,401″ />
Three Identical Strangers’ new cume is $2,517,854. Just above Whitney is Neon/CNN Film’s Three Identical Strangers by Tim Wardle, which grossed over $1.18M in 167 locations in its third weekend outing, for a still robust $7,072 per theater average. Last weekend, Three Identical Strangers broke seven figures from a $717K three-day gross ($14,059 average) in 51 theaters.
Milford Graves Full Mantis (Cinema Guild) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $8,515
Starring Elsie Fisher, Emily Robinson, Josh Hamilton and Jake Ryan, the Bo Burnham-directed comedy grossed $252,284 in four New York and L.A. theaters for a $63,071 average. Eighth Grade had momentum going into its bow, and the A24 release delivered a spectacular start over the weekend, taking the mantle for best opening weekend per theater average of 2018.
Roadside and Miramax’s Cannes doc Whitney played 44 fewer runs in its second frame. Still, the feature was in 408 theaters, grossing $535,385, averaging $1,115, making it the fourth highest-grossing non-fiction title of 2018 at $2,357,807.
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Whitney (Roadside Attractions/Miramax) Week 2 [408 Theaters] Weekend $535,385, Average $1,115, Come $2,357,807
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Sanju (FIP) Week 3 [223 Theaters] Weekend $500,000, Average $2,242, Cume $7,121,205
Dark Money (PBS Distribution) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $8,100
 
The feature grossed over $1.15M in 311 locations, averaging $3,726 bringing its cume to $2,121,517. Bleecker Street added 274 theaters for Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace in its third weekend to solid numbers. Last weekend, the feature took in over $425K in 37 theaters ($11,500 average).
The Sundance premiere was buoyed by audience Q&As over the weekend with filmmaker Kimberly Reed, whose film examines the effect of ‘dark money’ in the aftermath of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in her home state of Montana. The title will next open exclusive engagements in Washington DC and Philadelphia next week, before opening Los Angeles and San Francisco on 7/27 as it rolls out to cities across the country throughout August and September. PBS Distribution’s Dark Money played exclusively at IFC Center Friday to Sunday, taking in $8,100.
Still the title is impressively wide for a non-fiction title six weeks into its release. Focus Features’ Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor? continues to dazzle audiences, playing 868 locations around the country, though that’s 25 fewer than last week. The feature took in over $1.88M Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,174, bringing its cume to $15,823,000, which makes it the 16th highest-grossing documentary ever.
The next highest-ranking specialty release is IFC Films’ The Death Of Stalin, which took in $184,805 in four theaters in its opening frame, averaging $46,201 in March. Last weekend, Annapurna’s Sorry To Bother You opened in the year’s top tier in terms of per theater average, with a $727,266 start in 16 theaters, averaging $45,454.
Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna) Week 2 [805 Theaters] Weekend $4,258,000, Average $5,289, Cume $5,322,952
The Annapurna release took in over $4.25M, averaging $5,289.  Shock And Awe had much more of the former than the latter, with a slow weekend gross of $41K in 100 theaters. Roadside Attractions/Miramax’s doc Whitney shed runs in its second outing, but still played several hundred theaters, grossing over $535K Friday to Sunday bringing its cume to over $2.35M. Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You jumped to eight hundred-plus theaters in its second frame to strong carry-over.
The Catcher Was a Spy (IFC Films) Week 4 [46 Theaters] Weekend $52,178, Average $1,134, Cume $578,104
Focus opened that film in 25 locations in late December, 2012 taking in nearly $174K in its opening frame, averaging $6,957. Van Sant’s last seven-figure grosser was Promised Land, which Focus released at the end of 2012, eventually taking in nearly $7.6M. He Won’t Get Far On Foot will broaden out to other markets in the coming weeks.
Boundaries (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [145 Theaters] Weekend $77,667, Average $536, Cume $557,169
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features) Wee 6 [868 Theaters] Weekend $1,885,000, Average $2,174, Cume $15,823,000
Avengers: Infinity War follows Isle Of Dogs with a $57,599 opening PTA in April in nearly forty-five hundred theaters. Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs had reigned as the year’s opening per theater average when it opened in March in 27 theaters, grossing over $1.6M, averaging $60,011, particularly impressive given that it was in over two dozen locations.