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Per Theater Chart: Spotlight Shines Bright

November 10th, 2015


It was a busy week on the per theater chart with seven films in the $10,000 club. Spotlight led the way with an average of $59,002 in five theaters. This is the fourth best opening weekend average of 2015, just ahead of While We're Young and just behind Ex Machina. Brooklyn was next with an average of $37,456, also in five theaters. It opened on Wednesday, so its weekend average was a little lower than it otherwise would have been. The overall number one film, Spectre, was third with an average of $17,919. In Jackson Heights was on the opposite end of the scale playing in just one theater. It did well with an opening of $15,150. Trumbo was very close behind with an average of $14,835 in five theaters. Its reviews suggest it won't expand significantly, but this is a great start. The second wide release of the week was The Peanuts Movie, which opened with an average of $11,345. The final film in the $10,000 club was Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict, which earned an average of $11,129 in two theaters.

The rest of the new limited releases were well back. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy opened with an average of $4,066 in two theaters. This is okay for a documentary, as these films tend to perform a lot better on the home market. Theeb's reviews couldn't save it, as its opening average was just $3,060. If it picks up a Best Foreign-Language Oscar nomination, it could find an audience on the home market. The Man in 3B was playing in a few too many theaters, 36, and it only managed an average of $3,029. Miss You Already was even wider, playing in 384 theaters. This proved to be too many, as the film only managed an average of $1,439. In the Basement was even worse with an opening of $748 in its lone theater.

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

  • Suffragette got to $1 million over the weekend, but its per theater average is low enough that it might not expand significantly making each additional milestone a lot harder.
  • Room also reached its first milestone, but its per theater average is still high enough to suggest further expansion.
  • Ladrones topped $3 million since this time last week, but that's as far as it will go.
  • Steve Jobs reached $15 million before the weekend, but it won't get to $20 million. It did top the Ashton Kutcher version, so that's something, I guess.
Weekend Box Office Results

Filed under: Theater Averages, The Peanuts Movie, Spectre, Trumbo, Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Room, Brooklyn, Im Keller, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Suffragette, Ladrones, What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy, Theeb, In Jackson Heights, Miss You Already, The Man in 3B, Ashton Kutcher