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Arthouse Audit: 'Life Itself' Leads New Releases While 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Show Life

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by Tom Brueggemann
July 6, 2014 3:12 PM
3 Comments
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'Chef'

 "Yves Saint Laurent" (Weinstein) - $38,722 in 10 theaters (+8); PSA: $3,872; Cumulative: $86,110

This failed to live up to its mildly promising New York debut last week with a minor expansion. Because it is Weinstein, expect for this to get dated in big cities eve eventually, but it looks headed for a modest playoff at best.

Ongoing/expanding:

Others over $50,000 for the weekend:

"Chef" (Open Road) Week 9- $1,678,000 in 686 theaters (-115); Cumulative: $22,040,000
"Obvious Child" (A24) Week 5 - $382,652 in 202 theaters (+6); Cumulative: $1,942,046
"Ida" (Music Box) Week 10 - $220,000 in 100 theaters (-127); Cumulative: $2,852,084
"Belle" (20th Century Fox) Week 10 - $190,000 in 123 theaters (-52); Cumulative: $10,000,196
"Third Person" (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 - $119,859 in 34 theaters (+18); Cumulative: $291,794
"Words and Pictures" (Roadside Attractions) Week 7- $91,300 in 58 theaters (-47); Cumulative: $1,866,400

Of note:
--"Chef" fell out of the top 10, but is still on a trajectory to easily pass $25 million, and push even higher. It now has surpassed other first-half of the year successes like "Mud," "A Place Beyond the Pines," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and also is ahead of some of last summer's crossover successes.
-- "Obvious Child" looks like it will get somewhere in the $3-4 million range, better than most Sundance low-budget successes. It should end up a little under what the somewhat similar New York-based "Frances Ha" attained last year.
-- "Ida," which would have looked like a success at $1 million is now barreling toward $3 million and even has an outside chance of challenging "The Lunchbox" as the top subtitled release so far this year, despite its downbeat Eastern European story and black & white format.

3 Comments

  • Matt Gamble | July 6, 2014 8:19 PMReply

    Life Itself is a Magnolia film, who are owned by the same company that owns Landmark Cinemas.

  • xtab@gmail.com | July 6, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    Tom, I'm confused by your comments on vod and snowpiercer. You mention the absence of landmark and imply that it's due to pending vod. Yet life itself is on vod and playing at landmark venues. Please clarify.

  • Tom Brueggemann | July 7, 2014 11:35 AM

    I don't know Landmark's official policy on playing VOD films, other than it seems to be case by case. It's reasonable to assume that had not Snowpiercer had an anticipated VOD date two weeks after release they, and many other top theaters across the country, would have played it.

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