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Per Theater Chart: Last Days of Limited Releases

September 10th, 2014

Last Days in Vietnam poster

There was only one film in the $10,000 club this weekend, Last Days in Vietnam, which earned an average of $15,225 in two theaters.

The next best new limited releases was But Always earning an estimated $140,000 in 19 theaters for an average of $7,368. Wetlands was close behind with $6,488 in one theater. God Help the Girl earned an average of $5,665 in two theaters, while Kelly and Cal opened with $5,387 in one theater. Rocks in My Pockets and Levitated Mass were also really, really close together with $4,674 and $4,589 respectively. Frontera struggled with an average of $3,654 in three theaters. The Remaining was playing in 67 theaters, which is a lot, so that explains why it only managed an average of $2,375. Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes was right behind with an opening of $2,233 in its lone theater. Falcon Rising missed the Mendoza Line with an average of just $869 in ten theaters. Innocence was even weaker with an average of $480 in nearly 500 theaters. Clearly this is too many theaters for a limited release, but I doubt it would have been a hit even if it were playing in a dozen or fewer theaters. The final new limited release was The House of Magic with an average of $409 in ten theaters.

This past week also saw milestones reached for several Per Theater Chart alumni:

  • The Trip to Italy topped $1 million over the weekend. It likely won't expand much beyond this, but it still has a good shot at $2 million, which is what its predecessor finished with.
  • What If made it to $3 million before the weekend, but that's as far as it will go.
  • Calvary managed to hit $3 million over the weekend, which is better than I was expecting. It will start losing theaters at an accelerated pace, but $4 million is still a relatively easy target.
  • Cantinflas fell 60% during its second weekend, but it still got past $4 million. It won't get significantly passed $5 million, on the other hand.
  • Because of the holidays last week, we didn't get Begin Again's numbers on time, but we learned they hit $15 million. That's as far as it will go, but this is still strong for a limited release.
  • Boyhood surpassed $20 million over the weekend and given its legs, $25 million is still a goal within reach.


Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Theater Averages, What If, Frontera, Begin Again, Frontera, The Trip to Italy, Boyhood, God Help the Girl, Calvary, Last Days in Vietnam, Cantinflas, Innocence, The Remaining, Falcon Rising, Levitated Mass, Yi Sheng Yi Shi, Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, Feuchtgebiete, Kelly & Cal, Rocks in My Pockets