John Dies at the End didn't crash and burn at the box office. I'm genuinely surprised. The film's reviews were mixed, and generally speaking, even great reviews are no guarantee for a limited release. Also, it opened on Video on Demand before coming out in theaters, which is usually a death sentence for a film's box office chances. However, John Dies at the End earned first place on the per theater chart with $12,467 in its lone theater. The only other film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart was Happy People: A Year in the Taiga with $10,481, also in one theater.
We don't have numbers for many other new limited releases but Yossi did well with an average of $6,144 in two theaters. Race 2 was a much wider limited release playing in 153 theaters, but it still managed an average of $5,783.
This past week also saw milestones reached for a few Per Theater Chart alumni:
- Quartet expanded significantly over the weekend and earned more than $1 million from Friday through Sunday. Obviously, it was also able to reach $1 million in total in the process.
- Hyde Park on the Hudson topped $5 million since this time last week, but that's as far as it will go.
- Silver Linings Playbook has crossed $60 million and is just minutes away from $70 million. This is more money than Battleship made domestically.
Date posted: 2013-01-29