The specialty box-office is still going strong thanks to hits like “The Sisters Brothers” but larger releases are pushing out the newcomers. Robert Redford’s “The Old Man and the Gun” broke through the competition this weekend to gross over $150K, but even wider-releases like “Hell Fest” are having a tough time reaching audiences. Other films like the family-drama “Little Women” are getting more exposure but are failing to bring in as many moviegoers per location.
FOX Searchlight’s “The Old Man & the Gun” topped the box-office in theater average this week, bringing in over $150K across 5 locations for an average of $30K per theater. The film was written and directed by David Lowery and stars Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Keith Carradine, Tom Waits, and Sissy Spacek. Annapurna’s hit western “The Sisters Brothers” had a big weekend as well, landing in fourth-place on the average chart with a $244K weekend across 27 theaters. The film has already made $404K in just two-weeks and was written and directed by Jacques Audiard. The western stars John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, and Carol Kane.
Pinnacle’s “Little Women” had the highest gross this weekend at the specialty box office but the lowest average per theater in the new release category. “Little Women” made over $747K across 643 locations but only averaged $1,162 per theater. The film was directed by Clare Niederpruem and stars Lea Thompson, Ian Bohen, and Lucas Grabeel.
Moviegoers were split with this week’s big releases. “Night School” and “Smallfoot” might be two very different films but both are having similar opening weekends. “Night School” made an estimated $28M for Universal Pictures across 3,010 locations, while “Smallfoot” made an estimated $23M for Warner Bros. Pictures. “Night School” was directed by Malcolm D. Lee and stars Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, and Brooke Butler; while “Smallfoot” was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, and features Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, and Jimmy Tatro.
One of the biggest disappointments this week was “Hell Fest,” a new horror-thriller from Lionsgate. The film only made $5M across 2,297 locations this weekend and landed in sixth-place overall on its debut. The horror-thriller had an estimated budget of $5.5M, so despite the gruesome opening, could still be a financial success for the studio after a retail and VOD release. “Hell Fest” was directed by Gregory Plotkin, the film stars Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, and Amy Forsyth. The rough start probably kills any chance of the film turning into a franchise but overseas markets might save the film if it’s not pulled from theaters.
Sony’s “Venom” and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “A Star is Born” are the big releases next week. Sony’s “Venom” was directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson. “A Star is Born” was directed by Bradley Cooper, who also stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. You can grab tickets to these films right here on fandango.com.