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Per Theater Chart: Sicario is the Most Wanted Limited Release

September 22nd, 2015


Sicario not only led the weekend on the Per Theater Chart with an average of $66,881 in six theaters. It also had the best per theater average for any film released in 2015, beating out the previous record-holder, Ex Machina, by about $7,500. On a related note, there's already reports of a sequel in the works. Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer was up next with an average of $18,750 in twelve theaters. Finally, there's Everest. This film not only earned a spot in the top five overall, but pulled in an average of $13,251 in over 500 theaters.

Most of the rest of the new limited releases struggled. Pawn Sacrifice was the lone real exception. The film earned an average of $6,269 over the weekend, which is impressve for a film playing in 33 theaters. Prophet's Prey led of trio of limited releases playing in just one theater. It managed $5,000, which is okay, but nothing special. On the other hand, Forgotten and Chocolat both struggled with opening weekend hauls of $3,220 and $2,710 respectively. Office earned an average of $2,467 in 15 theaters. Katti Batti missed the Mendoza Line with an average of just $1,888, but it was playing in over 100 theaters. Captive was the wide limited release of the week, but it too missed the Mendoza Line with an average of $1,729 in just over 800 theaters. The final limited release we have numbers for is Cooties, which was playing on Video on Demand, so I'm not surprised it bombed with an average of just $1,139 in 29 theaters.

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

  • As expected, Learning to Drive topped $2 million over the weekend. It should get to $3 million, but it should also start losing theaters too fast to earn $4 million.
  • Grandma expanded semi-wide this weekend and that helped it reach $3 million. Sadly, despite its reviews, it didn't do well enough to justify further expansion.
Weekend Box Office Results

Filed under: Theater Averages, Chocolat, Pawn Sacrifice, Cooties, Everest, Learning to Drive, Captive, Grandma, Prophet’s Prey, Sicario, Olvidados, Katti Batti, O Piseu, Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer, Chocolat