‘The Mustang’ and ‘The Aftermath’ Revive the Specialty Box Office
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s “The Mustang” topped the specialty box office this week. The drama, which features Connie Britton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, and Jason Mitchell, opened in four locations and made an estimated $76K. The film had the highest theater average of the week with $19K, topping “Captain Marvel’s” $16K average.
“Mustang” focuses on Roman Coleman, a violent convict offered a chance to participate in an equestrian rehabilitation therapy program. The studio describes the story adding, “He struggles to connect with the horses and his fellow inmates alike. But in time, working alongside young convict Henry (Jason Mitchell) and an old trainer Myles (Bruce Dern), Roman soothes an especially feisty horse and confronts his own violent past.”
Focus Features picked up “The Mustang” after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The film won over critics since its big premiere and currently holds a 95% rating on RottenTomatoes. If you haven’t had a chance to see the trailer yet, you can watch the video below. While the film is only available in select theaters, you can find the movie right here on iTunes and Prime Video and have it ready for release day.
Another new release that hit the specialty box office this weekend was James Kent’s “The Aftermath.” The drama stars Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, and Jason Clarke and takes place in a post World War II Hamburg, Germany. The story follows a British colonel and his wife who are assigned to live in the city during reconstruction. Things pick up when the German who previously owned the house returns to find them living there. This film also did well at the box office, opening in five locations and grossing over $57K. The $11.5K average puts “The Aftermath” in third-place in the category.
The other film to look for is “The Hummingbird Project” with Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, and Salma Hayek. Kim Nguyen wrote and directed the thriller, which follows two high-frequency traders as they take on their old boss. The film opened in four locations this weekend and brought in over $36K for the studio domestically.
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