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fb.indiewire.com – David Robert Mitchell's indie horror flick "It Follows" rode rave reviews to find the best per-theater-average of any 2015 release so far ("American Sniper" and "A Most Violent Year" both topped it, but they are both technically 2014 films). In four theaters, the RADiUS-TWC release -- which premiered back in Cannes last May -- managed a fantastic $163,000 gross, averaging $40,750 per theater. 16 weeks 19 hours ago via brucelee
fb.indiewire.com – In an eerie coincidence, Janus Films' release of a restored version of Albert and David Masyles' landmark documentary "Grey Gardens" ended up coinciding with the death of Albert Masyles. Which gave New York City audiences a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the filmmaker forty years after "Gardens" first hit screens. 17 weeks 19 hours ago via donnieyen
fb.indiewire.com – Yann Demange's "'71" and David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" -- both fixtures on the festival circuit for some time now (in the case of "'71" it's been over a year) -- were the most high profile debuts in a specialty market still crowded with Oscar-fueled leftovers from 2014. UK imported war drama "'71" -- which stars breakout actor Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") -- debuted in 4 theaters this weekend care of Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media and took in a solid $60,100, averaging $15,025 per theater. 18 weeks 17 hours ago via jetli
fb.indiewire.com – Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Wild Tales" made an impressive box office debut, with Sony Pictures Classics timing the release to Oscar weekend itself. The Argentinian film grossed $85,100 from just 4 theaters, averaging $21,275. Exposure from tonight's ceremony should help nicely as "Tales" expands in the coming weeks (especially if it pulls off a win). Though it's one of the few specialty titles out there without Oscar nominations tied to it, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" had a very nice weekend anyway. 19 weeks 18 hours ago via brucelee
fb.indiewire.com – President's Day weekend wasn't just good to "50 Shades of Grey." A few new specialty titles posted very promising results in their limited debuts, most notably Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" and Richard LaGravenese's "The Last Five Years." The former -- released by Paladin/Unison -- managed the best opening average of 2015 thus far, taking in an impressive $65,830 from two theaters in New York and Los Angeles to average $32,915. 20 weeks 18 hours ago via theothersenhman
6:51 PM 2/11/2015 by Senh Duong
Welcome to another episode of our weekend box office podcast. Hear how Binh and I did with our predictions on last weekend’s opening films: “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” “Jupiter Ascending,” and “Seventh Son.” See which holdover held up better than we expected --no, it’s not “American Sniper” or “The Imitation Game.” We also give our predictions on this week’s debuts:
Specialty Box Office: 'Still Alice,' Oscar Shorts Expand Nicely As Award Season Enters Its Final Weeks
fb.indiewire.com – A handful of new specialty titles debuted rather quietly this weekend, leaving the story mostly to 2014-15 awards season hopefuls. Though notably of those newbies, two -- Freestyle's "Old Fashioned" and Magnolia's "Ballet 422" -- both managed strong bows on a couple screens. 21 weeks 16 hours ago via theothersenhman
1:48 PM 2/3/2015 by Senh Duong
Here’s this week’s podcast. Although “American Sniper” broke another record during the Super Bowl weekend, we discuss why there was such a steep dropoff after a very good hold during the previous weekend. “Paddington” held up well, compared to other films in the top ten. Michael Bay’s found-footage, time-travel film “Project Almanac” disappointed.
Specialty Box Office: Oscar Hopeful 'Timbuktu' Debuts; 'Still Alice,' 'Violent Year' Solid In Expansion
fb.indiewire.com – One of the last feature length Oscar nominees to find theatrical release, Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" hit four theaters this care of Cohen Media Group clearly trying to capitalize on its Best Foreign Language Film nomination (the first ever for the country of Mauritania). And it was off to a strong start, grossing $50,000 for a $12,500 average. 22 weeks 17 hours ago via donnieyen
1:03 AM 1/28/2015 by Senh Duong
In this week’s podcast, Binh and I discuss “American Sniper’s” incredible hold after last week’s record-breaking opening. I talk about Johnny Depp’s schtick*, and we wonder if people are getting tired of it. Although “Paddington” is well-reviewed and doing decent biz at the box office, we drew the line on whether or not it would get a sequel.