Sony Picture Classics and Neon did well this week with their small releases Nine days and Ailey run in a total of 6 locations in New York, Los Angeles and Irvine – both achieving high averages per screen, with the former leading to a broader release next week.
Nine Days arrived in NYC (Angelika, AMC Lincoln Square) and LA (The Landmark, AMC Sunset 5) that weekend, ahead of the planned nationwide release on the 6th – whichever way it goes. Judging by these numbers, the picture should work decently.
The science fiction drama starring Winston Duke grossed $ 18,455 in 4 theaters, an average of $ 4,613 per location – a strong indicator of public interest in this art house title.
The arthouse revival gets a sci-fi twist with Winston Duke-Led’s “Nine Days” – Specialty Preview
The film portrays Will (Duke) who spends his days in a remote outpost in the Midwest, watching a wall of television screens of people leading their daily lives. One dies, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth, and candidates – unborn souls – arrive at Will to be tested as replacements. Will faces his own existential challenge with Emma (Beetz), which forces him to reckon with his turbulent past and to embark on a new path for his own life.
The picture, directed by Edson Oda, made its debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and received two nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Award – for Best First Feature and Best Supporting Actor (for Wong).
Although Ailey is still in two locations (Regal Edwards Westgate in Irvine and Lincoln Center in NYC) for the second week in a row, the Dancer-Doc has still managed to attract a sizeable audience.
Directed by Jamily Wignot, the documentary describes the life of Alvin Ailey, the groundbreaking pioneer who found salvation through dance.
Ailey grossed $ 4,732 this weekend, bringing his cumulative gross profit to $ 26,277. In just 2 locations, that brought the average per screen to a solid $ 2,366.
The currently most extensive special version is that of Roadside Attraction Joe Bell jarwhich opened on a debut of $ 707,000. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, the true-story-based film stars Mark Wahlberg as an Oregon father paying tribute to his teenage gay son Jadin and taking a self-reflective stroll through America to get his heart out to the citizens of the country say about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.
The drama grossed $ 163,000 in its second week, down nearly 80% from its premiere weekend. This weekend brings Bell’s Cume to $ 1.26 million. At 1,053 locations, the film averaged $ 155 per location.