While “The Curse of La Llorona” scared its way to number-one at the box office this weekend, several big projects landed at the specialty box office. A24 premiered “Under the Silver Lake” against IFC’s documentary “Hail Satan?;” Neon’s drama “Little Woods” with Tessa Thompson and Lily James; and “Fast Color” with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Strathairn. The sudden influx at the limited box office is mostly due to “Avengers: Endgame” launching in theaters next weekend. These smaller films hoped to attract moviegoers before the theaters starting making room for Marvel’s newest movie, and many of them will be available to stream over the next few weeks.
“Under the Silver Lake” had the highest theater average this weekend, bringing in $40k in just two locations. To put that in perspective, “The Curse of La Llorona” opened in 3,372 locations with an average of $7,860 per theater. David Robert Mitchell, who wrote and directed “It Follows,” directed the film for A24. The crime-thriller stars Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace, and follows a young man who is looking for the mysterious young woman he found swimming in his apartment’s pool the night before. The search the young man through a web of lies and conspiracies.
IFC’s “Hail Satan?” opened in three locations, and made $25.7K for the studio this week. Directed by Penny Lane, the film looks at the rise of the controversial religious group, and how more often than not, they use their following to highlight the unequal division between church and state.
Neon’s drama “Little Woods” made $66.4K across 33 locations week, which gave the film a theater average of $2,013. It’s a surprisingly low average for the talent behind the film, but not the lowest on our list. Nia DaCosta wrote and directed the crime drama, which follows two sisters – one a reformed drug runner now living in a poor rural town in North Dakota, and another with an unplanned pregnancy. Nia DaCosta won Tribeca Film Festival’s 2018 Nora Ephron Award for the film, which is her first feature as a director. The film stars Lily James, Tessa Thompson, and Luke Kirby.
“Fast Color,” from Lionsgate, was another miss this week only bringing in $37,500 across 25 locations for an average of $1,500. Julia Hart directed the sci-fi thriller which follows a young woman on the run after her superhuman abilities are discovered. Starring in the film are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, and David Strathairn.
Disney’s “Penguins” doc brought in $2.34M across 1,815 locations, and while that is an impressive total for such a sleepy holiday weekend, the film only averaged $1,293 per location.
These specialty films will have to battle “Avengers: Endgame” in theaters next weekend, and while they don’t exactly share the same demographic, many theaters push out smaller films to add more showings of Marvel movies. Luckily for you, these films will start streaming on Prime Video and iTunes. You can already order them and have them ready for release day.
If you aren’t planning on seeing “Avengers: Endgame” next weekend, you can check local listings for “The White Crow” directed by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, and Louis Hofmann, the film is based on the novel “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” and tells the story of Nureyev’s defection to the West.
The Weekend Box Office Results are updated every Sunday.
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