“Meet Me In The Bathroom”, “Banshees” at the specialized box office – Deadline
Rock documentary Meet me in the bathroom grossed $85,683 in four locations for a first-week per-screen average of $21,421, a milestone for the independent distributor. Two of the four screenings were single-night, sold-out events at The Fonda in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York (live performances by The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green, Wah Together)
Utopia had originally expected a lower number, but said a fanbase of New York’s early 2000s indie rock scene flocked to the IFC Center and the American Cinematheque’s Los Feliz 3 (with just three shows) for sold-out theatrical screenings throughout the weekend. It plans a national expansion of over 150 screens on 8/11, with sold-out sales and additional shows expected in Austin, Akron, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, San Antonio, Seattle and others. markets.
Specialty film openings are hard to compare and rarely apples to apples, with Q&As to many sold-out audiences and live music an even bigger draw. That said, whatever works. A handful of recent music documentaries and concert films stood out this year in every way.
Utopia also expanded Ali Abbas’ strategy holy spider on four screens in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, grossing $20,385 for a PSA of $5,096 and a run-up of $41,206. The film, which Utopia picked up amid stiff competition at Cannes, opened at the IFC Center last week.
Fox Searchlight The Banshees of Inisherin expanded across North America into 45 new markets in week three for a gross of $2 million, putting it at no. 7 in the United States box office — with a per-screen average of $2,235. The film written and directed by Martin McDonagh has exceeded $3 million in cumulative revenue.
Distributor Searchlight Pictures cited the momentum in Canada as well as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Austin. Strong new markets include Salt Lake City, Nashville (the Belcourt), Dallas, Raleigh, Washington DC and Sacramento.
The film, which won Best Screenplay for McDonagh and Best Actor for Colin Farrell at Venice, opened Oct. 21 in Los Angeles and New York with one of the highest screen averages for the fall. at $45,250. It’s still certified 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and plans to add a few more rooms next weekend. It could cede screens on November 18, when Searchlight opens the horror thriller starring Ralph Fiennes-Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult. The menu.
Other plugins: Focusing characteristics’ armageddon time moved to 1,006 theaters nationwide for an estimated weekend gross of $810,000, PSA of $802, and current national runup of $902,000. The film written and directed by James Gray received a 2022 Gotham Award nomination for Best Screenplay last week.
Expansion – if, how, how much, and how fast – is the biggest conundrum facing specialty distribution today. There has certainly been a spark at the box office for indie films. The big challenge, as weekend numbers often show, is stoking it when adding rooms.
At Chinonye Chukwu Until from UAR grew to 2,136 races in week four for a weekend gross of $1.87M, down 32%, for a PSA of $878 and a cumulative of $6.58M. It still has strong exit wounds and positive word of mouth.
Todd Field’s Tar from Focus Features played in 1,090 theaters in week five for an estimated weekend of $670,000 (-35%) and a PSA of $664. The accumulation amounts to 3.7 million dollars. It is certified fresh with 92% on RT.
Roadside attractions’ Call Jane starring Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Banks, grossed $60,000 in week two on 437 screens for a PSA of $138 and a cumulative $471,324. It opened directly to over 1,000 screens.
Noting: of SS Rajamouli RRR grossed $10,920 in a single IMAX weekend showing at New York’s AMC Lincoln Square, by far the theater’s biggest hit for the day. Filmmaker Mary Herron led a Q&A after the show. The re-release is entering its sixth month with a cumulative $245,186 to date. Next, screenings at the AMC Metreon IMAX in SF, the Music Box Theater in Chicago, and the Aero Theater in Los Angeles.