Not a particularly exciting weekend at the art house. Two newcomers did okay (as said in this post title), but not much more than that. “Two Days in New York,” Julie Delpy’s follow up to her popular “Two Days in Paris,” had a per screen average of $13,500 from two theaters; its predecessor opened with a $17,364 average from ten theaters in 2007. Maybe people just want to see Paris more than New York. Meanwhile, the 1971 French film “Max and the Junkmen” opened with $11,700 in one theater.
Speaking of New York, we had another film from the city open this weekend, this one set in its most self-important borough: Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer.” It earned $10,525 per screen at four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The distributor, Variance Films, is holding steady with its locations next week but after that will expand to Atlanta, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and LA, with other areas to follow.
And while we’re on expansion, how did last week’s winner, “Celeste and Jesse Forever” do as it went out to more cities? It added 14 locations for a total of 18 and averaged $7,472. The theme of the day continues–not bad, not great. Oh wait, let’s put an end to that–”360″ went from two to nine theaters and ended up with a $1,111 average. It’s hard to make that look good. “Ruby Sparks” added 197 theaters and averaged just $1,739. “Killer Joe” went from fourteen theaters to twenty, dropping its average from $11,647 to $3,942.
Here are numbers from Deadline:
2 Days In New York (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $27K, Average $13,500
Max Et Les Ferrailleurs (Max And The Junkmen) (Rialto Pictures) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $11,700
Meet The Fokkens (Kino Lorber Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $8,000, Cume $10,500
Red Hook Summer (Variance Films/40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $42,100, Average $10,525
Returning / 2nd Weekend
360 (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [9 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $1,111, Cume $26,473
Celeste And Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [18 Theaters] Weekend $134,494, Average $7,472, Cume $289,375
Girlfriend Boyfriend (China Lion) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $1,250, Cume $57,108
Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [25 Theaters] Weekend $62,500, Average $2,500, Cume $243,200
Killer Joe (LD Entertainment) Week 3 [36 Theaters] Weekend $146K, Average $3,942, Cume $431,179
Klown (Drafthouse Films) Week 3 [8 Theaters] Weekend $5,149, Average $644, Cume $52,273
Ruby Sparks (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [261 Theaters] Weekend $454K, Average $1,739, Cume 1.25M
Next week! We have indies Frank Langella in “Robot and Frank,” one of Sundance’s most controversial films, “Compliance,” and Robert Pattinson in “Cosmopolis.” Mr. Pattinson will be doing press for the movie…which should be fun.