While releases like “Hellboy” fizzled out on opening weekend, a pair rockers were dominating the specialty box office. Elisabeth Moss and Cara Delevingne’s “Her Smell” had the highest theater average this weekend, opening in three locations and grossing over $39K for an average of $13K. Elle Fanning and Rebecca Hall’s “Teen Spirit” was a close second, bringing in $44K across four locations for a theater average of 11K. In comparison, “Hellboy” opened in 3,303 locations this weekend and made $12M, or $3.6K per location.
Both “Her Smell” and “Teen Spirit” follow female rockstars, but at different points in their careers. Alex Ross Perry directed “Her Smell” for Gunpowder & Sky and the story follows Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio called Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky’s chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone.
Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. Starring in the film alongside Moss and Delevingne, are Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen, and Eric Stoltz. If you don’t live in New York, you can catch the film next weekend if you live near Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Baltimore, or Portland. Just check local listings.
In contrast, Elle Fanning’s “Teen Spirit” follows a star on the rise. Fanning plays the role of Violet in the film, a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion for singing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition. Max Minghella wrote and directed “Teen Spirit” for Bleecker Street, the film also stars Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric, and Agnieszka Grochowska.
Next weekend the box office is a little light on content. The big releases are Chrissy Metz Topher Grace’s “Breakthrough” drama, and Disneyanture’s “Penguins” documentary. The following weekend is the release of “The Curse of La Llorona,” the big horror-thriller from Warner Bros. Pictures. If horror-thrillers aren’t your favorite genre, you can look for the crime-thriller “Under the Silver Lake” from A24. That film features Riley Keough, Andrew Garfield, and Topher Grace. A thriller, the story follows a man who finds a young woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning she’s gone, and while he looks for her, becomes ensnared in conspiracy.
The Weekend Box Office Results are updated every Sunday.
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