‘Mid90s’ and ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Shine in Limited Release
Two out of three limited releases sparked audiences' attention
If you aren’t interested in the major box office releases this week, there’s always the Specialty Box Office to keep things interesting. This weekend there were several choices available for moviegoers looking to avoid the mainstream horror-thrillers and comic-book movies, and most of them did very well. The new options on the charts include the Jonah Hill directed “Mid90s;” Melissa McCarthy’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?;” and Hillary Swank’s “What They Had”.
Directed by Jonah Hill, “Mid90s” had the best theater average this weekend, bringing in $249K across just four theaters. The film stars Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston and follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer between his troubled home life and his new skater friends.
FoxSearchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” took second-place in averages this week, bringing in $150K across five locations. The film was directed by Marielle Heller and features Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, and Dolly Wells. The bio crime-drama follows Lee Israel after she takes on the life of a literary forger. The film is an adaptation of the memoir written by Isreal and has seen positive reviews. McCarthy is most likely eager to move on from her recent box office failing in “The Happytime Murders,” which debuted in third-place with a disappointing $9.5M opening. The film never connected with audiences, or critics, and only made $26.5M worldwide on an estimated budget of $40M.
Despite the gains made by the first two limited releases, “What They Had” struggled at the box office this weekend. The film features a popular cast but only brought in $18.8k at four locations. The drama was written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko and features Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Robert Forster. In the film Bridget returns home to help her brother with their sick mother, all the while dealing with their father and the family dynamic.
Next week we have three big movies coming to the limited box office. If you enjoy the slapstick comedy of “Mr. Bean” then you might be interested in “Johnny English 3“. The third installment to the U.K. series follows the titular spy as he becomes MI5’s last hope against an attack. The film was directed by Peter Howitt and features Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, and Natalie Imbruglia. If you’re a thriller fan then look for “Suspiria,” an artistic mystery-thriller directed by Luca Guadagnino. The film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Doris Hick and focuses on a world-renowned dance company and the horrors that lie within.
Lastly we have “Viper Club,” a drama from Director Maryam Keshavarz with Susan Sarandon, Matt Bomer, and Lola Kirke. The story picks up when a war correspondent is taken hostage and his mother tries to get him back.