by Ari Aster handsome is scared did solid business in its second week, growing from four screens to over 900 for a gross of over $2.7 million and a cumulative of $3.14 million. The A24 movie starring Joaquin Phoenix averages $2.8,000 per screen and no. 9 spot. It’s a weekend with a wide range of specialty films in a market that’s improving by some measures – a few more products, stronger openings – but still hard to read amid blockbusters.
Star (Hereditary, Midsommar) has an engaged fan base and a core of cinemas showing on weekends. This film is a harder sell than the previous two, also from A24. beautiful “has already sparked countless heated debates and rhetoric from critics and audiences alike,” the distributor said, and, like all of Aster’s films, it “will have a long life in the weeks, months and years to come”.
Somewhere in Queens from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions grossed $681,000 from 602 locations for a $1,100 public service announcement. Ray Romano’s film starring Romano and Laurie Metcalf had strong runs in New York and a significant jump on Friday. to Saturday ($189,000 to $290,000). RT audience score of 90% and 94% with reviews.
Fox Searchlight Period Film Knight took and estimated $1.5 million from 1,275 theaters, the no. 11 place and a PTA of $1.17k.
Other people’s children from Music Box Films debuted in three locations at $14,800 for a PTA of $4,937.
Carmen from Sony Pictures Classics is eyeing an opening weekend of $12,800 and a PTA of $4,200.
Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jann from Zee Studios will gross around $968,000 from 327 locations for a PSA of $3,000. And the Sarigama cinema’ Virupaksha is heading for a solid $706,000 across 175 locations for a PSA of $4.2,000.
Retentions: Wildlife from Picturehouse grossed $44,000 from 14 screens for a cumulative $112,000 and an average of $3.1,000 per theater. A younger audience of outdoor enthusiasts and fans of director/climber Jimmy Chin and co-director Chai Vasarhelyi joined an older female audience following conservationist Kris Tompkins. Adds ten more slots this week.
Oscilloscopes joyland grossed $39,000 in week three across eight screens – PSA of $4.9 – for a cumulative $85,000. The expansion included Los Angeles’ Landmark Nuart where it scored the biggest opening of any film (foreign or otherwise) by a significant margin since the pandemic began, the cast said.
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