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Theater Averages: The Week’s Best Average Money can Buy is $9,511

September 28th, 2016

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Like last week, no films joined the $10,000 club this past weekend. Two came close though. Firstly, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy earned $9,511 in its lone theater. That’s excellent for a documentary and hopefully this start will help it be seen by more. The number one overall film, The Magnificent Seven, was close behind with an average of $9,446.

None of the rest of the new limited releases came close to $10,000. Closet Monster and Generation Startup were both playing in one theater and earned $6,118 and $6,032 respectively. Up next were a pair of wider limited releases. Queen of Katwe was playing in 52 theaters and earned an average of $5,864. Meanwhile, The Dressmaker earned an average of $5,143 in 36. The Ruins of Lifta was next with $4,620 in one theater, while Made in France ($3,688) and Girl Asleep ($2,700) were right behind.

Several films missed the Mendoza Line ($2,000). Chronic barely missed that mark earning $1,912 in one theater. The Lovers and the Despot was playing in 8 theaters and on VOD, so it is not surprising that it earned an average of just $1,866. 1,000 Rupee Note pulled in $1,697 in one theater. Meanwhile, New World Order earned an average of $1,395 in two.

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

  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week got to $1 million before the weekend and it should have no trouble getting to $2 million before long.
  • Hillsong: Let Hope Rise barely reached $2 million over the weekend and that’s as far as it will go. This is better than most limited releases manage, but it is terrible for a film that opened in over 800 theaters.
  • Train to Busan finally reached $2 million, seven weeks after reaching $1 million.
  • Don’t Think Twice topped $4 million. I wouldn’t bet on it getting to $5 million, but this is still a good run for a limited release.
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople hasn’t appeared on this list for six weeks, but it finally got to $5 million. Needless to say, it won’t go any further.
Weekend Box Office Results

Filed under: Theater Averages, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, The Magnificent Seven, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, The Dressmaker, Closet Monster, Chronic, Queen of Katwe, Don’t Think Twice, The Lovers And The Despot, Busanhaeng, New World Order, The Ruins of Lifta, Girl Asleep, Made in France, Generation Startup, Ek Hazarachi Note, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy