Dev Patel Checks In To ‘Hotel Mumbai’; Director László Nemes Brings ‘Sunset’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Two historic dramas headline a comparatively slow weekend for new Specialty roll outs vs. last weekend’s heavy roster. Bleecker Street/ShivHans Pictures’ Hotel Mumbai with Oscar-nominee Dev Patel and Golden Globe-nominee Armie Hammer will have a minima…

Alexander Skarsgård Times Two: ‘The Aftermath’ & ‘The Hummingbird Project’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Alexander Skarsgård is doing double time this weekend. The actor stars in two new Specialty titles heading out into a crowded field, including The Aftermath from Fox Searchlight and The Hummingbird Project from The Orchard. The Aftermath, starring Keir…

‘Gloria Bell’ Is The Belle Of The Newcomers; ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits $1.3M Weekend: Specialty Box Office

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Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria Bell handily took the best specialty debut mantle this weekend with one of the highest opening weekend per-theater averages for a limited release title this year.
The film dominated, as the specialty universe converged at the s…

Julianne Moore Channels ‘Gloria Bell’; J.K. Simmons Leads ‘I’m Not Here’: Specialty Preview

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Director Sebastián Lelio is revisiting a character that charmed audiences back in 2014. Gloria Bell, starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore, is the English-language reimagining of the filmmaker’s box office hit Gloria. A24 is opening the title in New Yor…

‘Climax’ Catapults to Weekend’s Best PTA; Sundance’s ‘Apollo 11’ Orbits at $1.65M IMAX: Specialty Box Office

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A few newcomers shined among the specialties on the weekend following the Oscars, while Oscar winners The Favourite and Free Solo added runs to take advantage of a post-Awards bounce. A24 drama-horror Climax by Gaspar Noé took the weekend’s highest per…

‘Apollo 11’ Doc Launches In Imax; Matt Smith Crowns ‘Mapplethorpe’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

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Just shy of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Neon’s Apollo 11 is taking one giant leap into well over a hundred Imax theaters this weekend. The feature film, by Todd Douglas Miller and compiled from extensive very rarely seen large forma…

Limited Release Newcomers Mostly Flat; Spirit Winner ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Nears $14.5M: Specialty Box Office

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Specialty audiences must be concentrating on Oscar-watching prep. New releases did not have any breakouts, while holdovers had mixed results. The best per-theater average specialty debut goes to Oscilloscope’s Wrestle, which had an exclusive New York b…

Roadside’s ‘Run The Race’, Bollywood ‘Total Dhamaal’ Set For Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

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With the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards set for this weekend, higher profile Specialty newcomers are mostly taking a step back. Roadside Attractions however is going for a nearly wide roll out of family-faith-drama Run The Race, a gen…

Sundance’s ‘Fighting With My Family’ Slugs A Winning Open; ‘2019 Oscar Shorts’ Strong: Specialty Box Office

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Just weeks after playing at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, bio-dramedy Fighting With My Family by Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is having a fighting round over the holiday weekend.
The MGM release came in with over…

Jamie Bell Wages A ‘Donnybrook’; ‘Birds Of Passage’ Takes Flight – Specialty Box Office Preview

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A sizable group of Specialty films are heading into theaters over the Presidents Day weekend as distributors bring out new work beyond the glare of Awards Season. IFC Films is opening Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook with Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo and Margaret Q…

‘Everybody Knows’ Asi Asi In Debut, Oscar Shorts Score $912K – Specialty Box Office

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UPDATED with more info: Focus Features bowed Everybody Knows laid claim to the highest per-screen average of the weekend at the specialty box office. The Cannes-opening film directed by Oscar-winning Iranian helmer Asghar Farhadi and starring Penélope …

‘Everybody Knows’, ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’, ‘To Dust’ Among Weekend Arrivals – Specialty Box Office Preview

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Iranian-born director Asghar Farhadi is among an exclusive group of filmmakers to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar twice. For his latest film, Everybody Knows, he’s cast Spanish-born Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, with Focus Features opening the l…

‘Arctic’ Takes Lead On A Cold Weekend; Oscar Nominee ‘Never Look Away’ Has Solid Week-Two Hold: Specialty Box Office

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It’s a bit of a forgettable weekend on the specialty side, though not as drastic as the mainstream retreat from multiplexes. Numbers were mostly lackluster all around, but Sony Classics’ second-weekend holdover, Never Look Away, took bragging rights fo…

Mads Mikkelsen Attempts Survival in ‘Arctic’; Robert Schwartzman Spots ‘The Unicorn’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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With the Sundance Film Festival coming to a close, Oscar nominations out and Specialty distributors looking ahead, this weekend will have more new limited releases than the last few, post-holidays weekends. Bleecker Street is opening Joe Penna’s Arctic…

Oscar Nominee ‘Never Look Away’ Solid in Start; ‘Cold War’ Gets Nom Boost: Specialty Box Office

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Sony Classics’ Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Never Look Away opened to decently strong numbers over the weekend with an exclusive run at the Paris Theater in New York.
Directed by German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmark –…

Oscar-Nominated ‘Never Look Away’ Arrives In Theaters; ‘The Invisibles’ Appears – Specialty B.O. Preview

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German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmark made a splash in the foreign language box office over a decade ago with The Lives of Others, which took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. He is back again with Sony Pictures Classics for Never Lo…

‘Who Will Write Our History’ Tops Slow Pack of Debuts; ‘Free Solo’ at $13.1M: Specialty Box Office

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Abramorama’s documentary Who Will Write Our History had a solid start with an exclusive run in New York over the MLK weekend, grossing an estimated $12,719 in its first three days.
Distrib Films’ Berlinale prize-winner The Heiress played two loca…

Jamie Lee Curtis, Tika Sumpter Wage ‘An Acceptable Loss’; ‘The Heiress’, ‘Adult Life Skills’ Bow – Specialty B.O. Preview

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January continues its slow roll on the Specialty side this weekend with very few anticipated limited releases. IFC Films has the headliner of the weekend with political thriller An Acceptable Loss starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chicago Fir…

‘On The Basis of Sex’ & ‘Beale Street’ Expand; ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Cracks $15M: Specialty Box Office

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Carryovers dominated the specialty scene over the weekend, with two platform releases making especially wide breaks.
Participant/Focus’ On The Basis of Sex jumped to more than 1,900 theaters in its third outing, grossing more than $6.2M to boost its cu…