In its first week out, Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory opened with confidence in New York and Los Angeles with an estimated $160,087. This should come to no surprise as it is a formula for an Almodovar release that continues to work for all parties involved. The drama, which follows a film director reflecting on his life choices as he reconciles his past with his present, marks the eighth collaboration between Almodovar and Antonio Banderas as well as the 12th collaboration between Sony Pictures Classics and auteur’s production company El Deseo.
The box office debut for Pain and Glory surpasses Almodovar’s previous film Julieta which netted $64,044 on its opening weekend. This strong debut builds a solid foundation for SPC to position it for award season contention — as if it wouldn’t be in the first place. The film received rave reviews after its Cannes premiere and Banderas won for Best Actor while Alberto Iglesias took Best Soundtrack. It is the Spanish entry for Best International Feature Film for this year’s Academy Awards and is currently sitting pretty at a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film will continue its rollout next week to San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC. From there, SPC will expand it to eight to 10 more cities and by week 4 the film will play in the top 100 cities nationwide. At this point, Pain and Glory has everything working in its favor.
Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s Lucy in the Sky had a little trouble with its lift-off its opening weekend. The film starring Natalie Portman as a U.S. astronaut going through a transcendental life change after returning from a mission to space opened in 37 theaters on the lower end to an estimated $55,000. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Noah Hawley and perhaps his visual style and the film’s transcendent narrative were too conceptual to bring in audiences. Also, with Ad Astra in theaters at the same time, interested audiences may have been split on watching movies that focus on space-centered reflections on the human condition. Despite lukewarm reviews and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27%, Fox Searchlight will still forge ahead and expand in markets across North America in the next two weeks. Perhaps the appeal of Portman and an all-star cast that includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Colman Domingo and Ellen Burstyn might give the visual space drama a boost.
Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment’s Judy went from last week’s 461 screens to a staggering 1,458 runs in 202 markets. Currently sitting at an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score and coming off of a $2.9 Million opening weekend, the Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger continues to go over the rainbow as it took in an estimated $4,445,635 this weekend bringing its cume to $8,904,078 and keeping it at number 7 in the top 10 films of the weekend. This is up 52% from last week’s gross. If it continues its momentum, the film will hit the mid-teens and, without a doubt, remain in the award season conversation.
Making a very impressive debut is War from Yash Raj Films. The Hindi-language action pic which follows an Indian soldier who sets out to kill his former mentor who has gone rogue, is directed by Siddharth Anand and stars Indian superstars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. The film opened in India on October 2 earning an estimated $7.5 million (converted from 53.5 million in Indian currency) to set the record for the highest-opening day collection for a Bollywood film in the country. Stateside, the film had 330 runs in 129 markets bringing in an estimated $1,610,000 on the weekend — a number so impressive that it is looking to land at number 9 when it comes to the top 10 movies of the weekend.
Also knocking on the door of the specialty box office is the Indian Telugu-language epic Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy which had 320 runs in 115 markets, netting a strong domestic opening with an estimated $947,000. The film, starring celebrated Indian actor Chiranjeevi, is based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. The action pic is vying to crack the top 10 movies of the weekend and is inching close to edging out Universal’s Good Boys.
SPC’s expansion of their documentary Where’s My Cohn? had an expansion in their third week going from 12 screens to 26, taking in a noteworthy $83,435 bringing its cume to $225,832, continuing the distributor’s impressive performance of recent docus including Maiden, which currently is at $3,129,581 according to BoxOfficeMojo.com as well as David Crosby: Remember My Name which has a domestic total of $697,833.
This week we watched The Peanut Butter Falcon continue to soar. The drama, which is now only in 623 theaters, is still performing fairly well, taking in an estimated weekend gross of $495,251, bringing its cume to $18,993,180. It is on pace to net $20 million at the domestic box office
Asuran (Independent Indian) Week 1 [105 Theaters] – Weekend $193,511, Average $1,843, Cume $206,000
The Climbers (Well Go USA) Week 1 [100 Theaters] – Weekend $162,125, Average $1,621
Lucy in the Sky (Fox Searchlight) – Week 1 [37 Theaters] Weekend $55,000, Average $1,500
Pain and Glory (Sony Pictures Classics) – Week 1 [4 Screens], Weekend $160,087, Average $40,022
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (Independent Indian) – Week 1 [320 Theaters] – Weekend $947,000, Average $2,961, Cume $2,222,000
War (Yash Raj Films) – Week 1 [330 Theaters] – Weekend $1,610,000, Average $4,879, Cume $2,118,000
Judy (Roadside Attractions) – Week 2 [1,458 Screens] Weekend $4,445,635, Average $3,049, Cume $8,904,078
Nothing To Lose 2 (Nada A Perder 2) (Swen Releasing) – Week 2 [55 Theaters], Weekend $137,537, Average $2,501, Cume $983,000
The Farewell (A24) – Week 13 [40 Screens] Weekend $38,810, Average $970, Cume $17,563,795
Honeyland (Neon) – Week 11 [31 Screens] Weekend $17,000, Average $548, Cume $650,019
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (Greenwich Enterainment/1091) – Week 5 [204 Theaters], Weekend $299,346, Average $1,467, Cume $2,806,813
Luce (Neon) – Week 10 [17 Screens] Weekend $5,325, Average $313, Cume $2,008,307
Monos (Neon/Participant Media) – Week 4 [45 Screens], Weekend $35,100 Average $780, Cume $287,950
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Abramorama) – Week 7 [17 Screens] Weekend $23,655, Average $1,391, Cume $465,662
Official Secrets (IFC Films) – Week 7 [100 Theaters] Weekend $55,341, Average $553, Cume $1,817,183
The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions/Armory Films) – Week 8 [623 Theaters] Weekend $495,251, Average $795, Cume $18,993,180
Where’s My Roy Cohn? (Sony Pictures Classics) – Week 3 [26 Screens], Weekend $83,435, Average $3,209, Cume $225,832