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Amazon/Bleecker’s ‘Lost City of Z’ & Sony Classics’ ‘Norman’ Top Crowded Weekend – Specialty Box Office

Deadline logo Deadline 4/16/2017 Brian Brooks
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James Gray’s The Lost City of Zhad a robust opening over the Easter weekend, outgrossing a packed field of Specialty newcomers, taking in over $112K from four runs. Others did solid business as well including SPC’s Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixerstarring Richard Gere, which grossed over $103K in five locations. Abramorama opened music doc Chasing Trane with an exclusive run, taking in nearly $16K, while Music Box Films bowed Cynthia Nixon’s A Quiet Passion in a half dozen theaters grossing $48K. GKIDS opened animated feature My Entire High School Sinking Into the Seain three locations taking in over $15K in three locations. On the other end of the spectrum, FilmRise opened Finding Oscar in a single location grossing $3K. Roadside Attractions bowed golf feature Tommy’s Honourin 167 theaters grossing nearly $219K but the widest specialty limited release opener was Open Road’s Spark: A Space Tail, which grossed over $112K in 365 locations, while Cohen Media Group bowed Heal The Living in two theaters taking over $3K. In its second frame, Neon expanded Colossal to 98 theaters making nearly $463K at the box office. Searchlight expanded Gifted to well over 1,100 locations in its second weekend landing at $3M Friday to Sunday, while Sundance Selects’ Graduation played seven theaters, grossing over $19K. And in its fifth weekend, T2 Trainspotting is closing in on $2M.

Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street’s The Lost City of Z starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller had a robust opening over the holiday weekend, grossing $112K in four L.A. and New York theater, averaging $28,158, one of the best per theater averages of 2017.

Produced by Plan B Entertainment, the film is based on David Grann’s non-fiction book Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, which was published in 2009. The novel was given to Gray, who then signed on as director. “[It’s] fantastic to see James Gray get recognition from critics and audiences,” commented Amazon’s Bob Berney Sunday. “It’s so gratifying to see the filmmaker’s hard struggle in the Amazon jungle connect with movie lovers of all ages.”

Bleecker Street, which is handling the theatrical release of Z said Sunday, “[The film had] a great weekend gross and theater average, great attendance with many sell outs in many shows in every house, and great box office momentum.” The distributor said The Lost City of Z will expand to 500 locations next weekend.

Sony Pictures Classics bowed Richard Gere starrer Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer in five L.A. and New York locations Friday. The feature, directed by Joseph Cedar, grossed $103K in five theaters, averaging $20,733.

“This is very much an American film,” said SPC’s Michael Barker earlier this week. “Joseph is one of the freshest young directors around and this gives a fresh look at New York.” Barker said the film will open other major markets including Chicago and Washington, D.C. next week. SPC opened Cedar’s Footnote in March, 2012 grossing just over $2M at the box office.

Abramorama opened documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary by John Scheinfeld. The doc about the musician also features Common, Bill Clinton and voiceover by Denzel Washington. It grossed $15K from its exclusive run in New York.

“We’re thrilled with the response to the film,” commented Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama Sunday. “[We had] sold out shows, great Q&As, and more shows sold out already today.” Chasing Trane will head to L.A. next weekend with another hundred dates set to follow through the spring and into the summer.

Music Box Films opened Emily Dickinson feature A Quiet Passion by writer-director Terence Davies in six locations. The film, starring Cynthia Nixon as the 19th century poet, grossed $48K over Easter weekend, averaging $8K. “Emily Dickinson is a revered and still very contemporary poet with a surprisingly large ‘fanbase,’” said Music Box’s Ed Arentz earlier this week. “The film is quite extraordinary with wonderful performances, convincing period evocations, and is about a vastly intriguing figure that will have long term audience interest.”

Roadside Attractions opened Edinburgh International Film Festival opener Tommy’s Honour in 167 locations Friday. Directed by Jason Connery and starring Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond and Peter Mullan, the feature grossed $218K, averaging $1,311. The Golf Channel will broadcast the film later this spring.

Open Road, meanwhile, opened animated film Spark: A Space Tail in 365 locations grossing just over $112K for a slow $308 PTA.

Among other openers, GKIDS bowed animated film My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea featuring Jason Schwartzman and Lena Dunham taking over $15K ($5,072 average). FilmRise opened Finding Oscar in a single location, taking in $3K, while Cohen Media Group launched Heal The Living with a duo of runs grossing $3,176 ($1,588 average).

Neon’s Colossal, last weekend’s box office average winner, expanded to an additional 94 theaters in its second weekend. The title released by distribution newcomer Neon grossed nearly $463K from a total of 98 runs, averaging $4,723. In its debut, Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, took in $125K in four locations, averaging $31,452. Colossal’s two-week cume is now $616K.

Fox Searchlight opened Gifted last week in 56 locations, but expanded it wide to 1,146 theaters this weekend. The feature grossed $3M, averaging $2,618, placing sixth in the overall box office as of Sunday morning. For more information, check out Deadline’s studio box office.

EuropaCorp Films/STXfilms’ Their Finest played an additional 48 theaters in its second frame. The title grossed $360K in 52 locations, averaging $6,931. Their Finest opened last week in four theaters averaging $19,250. The film has cumed $474K.

Sundance Selects added five runs for Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation also in its second weekend. Graduation grossed $19K in seven locations Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,790 for a cume of $37K. Last week, the title grossed over $11K in two locations, averaging $5,520.

Focus Features expanded The Zookeeper’s Wife with Jessica Chastain to 1,057 theaters in its third weekend. The title grossed just over $2M averaging $1,954, bringing its total to over $10.66M.

China Lion’s thriller The Devotion of Suspect X shed 25 runs in its third frame. The title grossed $40K in 21 theaters, averaging $1,905. It grossed $146K in 46 theaters last weekend, averaging $3,173. The film has cumed over $$658K.

Music Box Films added 17 locations for François Ozon’s Frantz in its fifth weekend in U.S. theaters. Frantz grossed $120K in 98 theaters, averaging $1,224, down only about 35% from last week’s $1,864 PTA. The film has cumed over $554K.

Sony/TriStar jumped T2 Trainspotting to 331 locations, also in its fifth outing, from just 157 theaters last week. The Danny Boyle-directed feature grossed $230K for a slow $695 average. T2 is getting closer to the $2M mark, landing at over $1.97M as of Sunday.

Oscar Best Director-winner La La Land moved closer to $151M, grossing $100K in 219 theaters in its 19th weekend of release ($457 average) bringing its cume to just over $150.88M. TWC’s Lion, meanwhile grossed $81K in 147 locations in its 21st weekend in theaters, averaging $551, bringing its cume to over $51.52M.

NEW RELEASES

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (Abramorama) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $15,880

Finding Oscar(FilmRise Releasing) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,000

Heal The Living (Cohen Media Group) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,176, Average $1,588

The Lost City of Z (Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $112,633, Average $28,158

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea(GKIDS) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $15,215, Average $5,072

Norman: The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall Of a New York Fixer (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $103,664, Average $20,733

A Quiet Passion (Music Box Films) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $48,000, Average $8,000

Spark: A Space Tail(Open Road Films) NEW [365 Theaters] Weekend $112,352, Average $308

Tommy’s Honour (Roadside Attractions) NEW [167 Theaters] Weekend $218,920, Average $1,311

RETURNING/SECOND WEEKEND

All These Sleepless Nights(The Orchard) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $5,204, Average $1,041, Cume $12,239

Colossal(Neon) Week 2 [98 Theaters] Weekend $462,869, Average $4,723, Cume $616,344

Gifted (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [1,146 Theaters] Weekend $3,000,000, Average $2,618, Cume $4,369,900

Graduation (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $19,530, Average $2,790, Cume $37,384

Their Finest (EuropaCorp Films/STXfilms) Week 2 [52 Theaters] Weekend $360,400, Average $6,931, Cume $474,190

Truman (FilmRise Releasing) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $27,000, Average $3,375, Cume $53,214

HOLDOVERS / THIRD+ WEEKENDS

The Devotion of Suspect X (China Lion) Week 3 [21 Theaters] Weekend $40,000, Average $1,905, Cume $658,188

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features) Week 3 [1,057 Theaters] Weekend $2,064,945, Average $1,954, Cume $10,667,900

Frantz (Music Box Films) Week 5 [98 Theaters] Weekend $120,000, Average $1,224, Cume $554,385

T2 Trainspotting (Sony/TriStar) Week 5 [331 Theaters] Weekend $230,000, Average $695, Cume $1,974,715

Personal Shopper (IFC Films) Week 6 [85 Theaters] Weekend $63,750, Average $750, Cume $1,185,427

Raw (Focus World) Week 6 [31 Theaters] Weekend $21,765, Average $702, Cume $455,349

Donald Cried (The Orchard) Week 7 [7 Theaters] Weekend $1,966, Average $281, Cume $59,200

Kedi (Oscilloscope) Week 10 [85 Theaters] Weekend $90,000, Average $1,059, Cume $2,361,841

The Salesman (Cohen Media Group) Week 13 [16 Theaters] Weekend $11,067, Average $692, Cume $2,402,067

Neruda (The Orchard) Week 18 [11 Theaters] Weekend $8,699, Average $791, Cume $924,906

La La Land (Lionsgate) Week 19 [219 Theaters] Weekend $100,000, Average $457, Cume $150,880,838

Lion (The Weinstein Company) Week 21 [147 Theaters], Weekend $81,000, Average $551, Cume $51,520,226

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