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Theater Averages: Chapter & Verse won’t be Filing Chapter 13 with a $32,713 opening

February 8th, 2017

Chapter & Verse

It was a busy weekend on top of the theater average chart, at least for this time of year, with three films earning averages over more than $10,000. Chapter and Verse led the way with $32,713 in its lone theater. I Am Not Your Negro had an arguably better start earning an average $15,962 while playing in 43 theaters. That’s amazing for a documentary. Another documentary, Mr. Gaga, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,677 in two theaters over the weekend and an average of $17,316 from Wednesday through Sunday. The Lure didn’t get to $10,000 over the weekend pulling in $7,370 over that time, but it earned $10,676 from Wednesday through Sunday.

There weren’t a lot of other new limited releases. Journey to the West 2 opened in 67 theaters and earned an average of $6,924. Good Ol’ Boy and Grace of Jake both struggled with averages of $2,973 and $2,392 respectively. The Comedian missed the Mendoza Line with an average of $1,297. Granted, it was playing in over 800 theaters, which is way too many for a limited release, but this is still a disaster.

This past week also saw milestones reached for a couple of Per Theater Chart alumni:

  • The Comedian opened with more than $1 million, so clearly made it to that milestone. It likely won’t get to $2 million.
  • Un Padre No Tan Padre crossed $1 million early last week and should get to $2 million as early as this weekend. It will be losing theaters rapidly after that, so $3 million seems out of reach.
  • 20th Century Women hit $4 million last Monday and it is already nearly at $5 million.
  • Lion got to $20 million before the weekend and nearly hit $25 million over the weekend.
  • Both Hidden Figures and La La Land crossed $115 million over the weekend; however, Hidden Figures has overtaken its competitor. I don’t think the lead will last once the Oscars are handed out.
Weekend Box Office Results

Filed under: Theater Averages, Lion, Growing up Smith, La La Land, 20th Century Women, Hidden Figures, Mr. Gaga, Grace of Jake, The Comedian, I Am Not Your Negro, Un Padre No Tan Padre, Xi You Fu Yao Pian, Córki dancingu, Chapter & Verse