While films like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” battled in theaters across the country, smaller releases like “Boy Erased” and “A Private War” flourished at the specialty box office.
Focus Features’ “Boy Erased” had the highest average this weekend, bringing in $220K across five locations domestically. The film went into its opening weekend with great reviews, the film currently sits with an 85% approval rating on RottenTomatoes’ critics scale and a 76% rating from audiences. The story follows the son of a Baptist preacher, who is forced by his parents to attend church-sponsored gay conversion therapy. The son is sent there after being outed by his parents and sheds a light on the controversial practice that still happens across our country today. “Boy Erased” stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Joel Edgerton.
“A Private War,” from Aviron, had the second highest theater average this week. In total, the bio-drama brought in $72K across 4 locations nationwide over its debut weekend. Another critical hit, this film has an 88% rating from critics, with a 79% approval rating from audiences. The film tells the story of Marie Colvin, an iconic war correspondent. Directed by Matthew Heineman, the film is based on Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” by Arash Amel. The film stars Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, and Stanley Tucci.
Since November is filled with gigantic releases, like “Fantastic Beasts 2,” “The Grinch,” “Girl in the Spider’s Web,” “Creed 2,” “Wreck-It Ralph 2,” and “Robin Hood,” there isn’t a lot of room for the specialty box office over the next few weeks. One of the more popular releases coming up is “The Favourite” from Director Yorgos Lanthimos, that films stars Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. That story is set in 18th century England and centers around a frail Queen Anne (Colman). The film follows the triangular relationship between the Queen, her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz), and a servant named Abigail (Stone). You can set a reminder to watch that movie when it hits select theaters on November 23rd.