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Per Theater Chart: Bird is the Word, and that Word is Awards Season

October 21st, 2014

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Birdman debuted in first place on the Per Theater Chart with an amazing average of $106,099. This is the best per theater average since The Grand Budapest Hotel opened with just over $200,000 for its per theater average. It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 club, as Dear White People opened with an average of $31,633 in eleven theaters. The Tale of Princess Kaguya was surprisingly strong during its opening weekend earning an average of $18,305 in three theaters. God the Father earned $15,037 in one theater. The final film in the $10,000 club was Listen Up Philip, which earned an average of $11,642 in two theaters. Diplomacy might have made it in the $10,000 club if it opened on Friday. However, it opened on Wednesday earning $8,518 in one theater over the weekend for a total opening of $12,750.

The best of the rest of the new limited releases was Guardian Angel, which we just got the numbers for. (They literally showed up while I was working on this story.) The film opened well with an average of $6,312 in two theaters. A Matter of Faith was one of the wider limited releases of the week earning an average of $5,547 in 25 theaters. The re-release of Hiroshima Mon Amour earned an average of $3,699 in five theaters. The Hacker Wars really struggled with an opening weekend of $2,958 in one theater. Rudderless just avoided the Mendoza Line with an average of $2,080 in 18 theaters. Watchers of the Sky wasn't as lucky earning an average of $1,868 in four theaters. Camp X-Ray only managed $1,316 in one theater, while Algorithms earned just $317, also in one theater.

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

  • The Song just managed to get to $1 million over the weekend and it will get no further.
  • Kill the Messenger reached $1 million before the weekend and nearly hit $2 million over the weekend.
  • The Good Lie lost more than half of its theater count this weekend, bit still managed to get to $2 million. That's as far as it will go, on the other hand.
  • My Old Lady hit $3 million over the weekend. It might get to $4 million, but that's not a sure thing.
  • Meet the Mormons saw its weekend haul fall by 77%, but it still got to $3 million before the weekend and $4 million over the weekend. It may or may not get to $5 million before it leaves theaters.


Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Theater Averages, Awards Season, Kill the Messenger, The Good Lie, My Old Lady, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Song, Dear White People, Listen Up Philip, Rudderless, Kaguyahime no monogatari, Diplomatie, Camp X-Ray, A Matter of Faith, Meet the Mormons, Algorithms, Guardian Angel, God the Father, Watchers of the Sky, Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Hacker Wars