This is the kind of box office news we love–when someone has an original idea for a movie, somehow it gets made, gets great reviews, and then has an excellent debut at the box office. “In a World…” written by, directed by, and starring Lake Bell made a big impression at Sundance, winning her the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting award. It opened at three theaters this weekend and earned $70,980 for an average of $23,660. They plan to open in eight more locations next week, and get to 25 in a few more weeks.
Hit Indian movie “Chennai Express” was the other big winner this weekend, Playing in 196 theaters, the product of Bollywood power players director Rohit Shetty and star Shah Rukh Khan took in $2.225 million for a $11,352 average. UTV Sunday said: “‘Chennai Express’ has broken the box office record for the biggest Bollywood opening weekend ever. The old record of $1,944,027 was held since 2010 by ‘My Name Is Khan.’” There may not be a lot of room for expansion, though, as the 196 theaters covered most of the film’s target audience.
“I Give It a Year” and “Prince Avalanche” both opened quietly, though “Year” has actually been doing great business on VOD. The highly touted “Lovelace” also didn’t make much of an impression. It played in 118 theaters, averaging $1,561 from a total of $184,176.
Last week’s winner, “The Spectacular Now,” expanded to 19 theaters, earning $266,119 for an average of $14,006. The Woody Allen hit “Blue Jasmine” is now up to 119 theaters taking in $2,523,355 for a per screen average of $21,205. The total earnings for the film are now up to $6.2K.
And congratulations to doc “Blackfish,” which crossed the $1 million mark this weekend.
Next week! Two interesting ones–”Austenland,” which was mildly received at Sundance, but was snapped up and locked into August, the month Hollywood has designated for mildly literary adaptations. Then there’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which was wildly received at Sundance, with raves for director David Lowery and stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. There’s also the docs “Cutie and the Boxer” and “Spark: A Burning Man Story.” and the Bollywood product “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara.” Something for everyone!