"Creed," the seventh film in the "Rocky" franchise, landed another knockout at the box office in its sophomore weekend, raking in $15.5 million for a total gross of just over $65 million. And Disney has a hit with the Pixar pic "The Good Dinosaur," which took in about the same (much of that at reduced kiddie admissions) and has made $76 million in two weeks. Over on the very crowded limited side, "Youth" did well it first weekend, grossing $80K ($20K per screen) at four locations in New York and Los Angeles while "Macbeth" debuted in five theaters and made $68K.
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Among the holdovers, "The Danish Girl" did great business again in its second weekend with $106K at four locations ; that translates into a per screen average of just under $27K. Focus Features plans a slow roll out in the weeks to come.
"Carol," which just swept the New York Film Critics awards, packed them in once again at just four locations, earning an impressive $203K in its third weekend. Last frame, it made just over $200K after debuting with $246K, the third-best per screen average of the year at $62K. By comparison, "Steve Jobs" did more than double that in weekend one at $130K per while "Sicario" averaged $67K. Unlike both those pictures, the Weinstein Company is planning a platform release for this Oscar contender. It won't expand at all till mid-December before going wide after Oscar nominations are announced in mid-January.
Our leading contender for Best Picture "Spotlight" made just under $3 million in its fifth weekend as it added 83 screens for a total of 980 nationwide. That haul of just under $3,000 per screen was good enough for eighth place on the overall box office chart. Rave reviews boosted interest in this docudrama that details the work by the Boston Globe to expose the coverup by the local Catholic diocese of pedophile priests and its cumulative take is now up to $16.6 million as awards season heats up.
“Brooklyn" added another $2.4 million as it expanded to 906 theaters (from 845) nationwide in its fifth week; that puts it in ninth place on the box office chart. With a PSA of $2,700 this weekend (and total gross of $11.2 million), Fox Searchlight is doing well with its gradual platform of this period charmer that stars Saoirse Ronan, a strong Best Actress contender and NYFFC champ, as an Irish emigrant to America in the early 1950s.
The fifth weekend tally for “Trumbo” was an impressive $956K across 660 screens. Bleecker Street has taken in just over $4 million to date for this film starring Emmy and Tony champ Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Among other holdovers, the Focus Features release “Suffragette” is down to 193 locations in its sixth week and made another $145K. This historical drama about the fight for the vote by British women has made $4.3 million stateside.
“Room” grossed $210,000 in 175 locations for a PSA of $1,200 in week eight. This A24 release has racked up just under $3.8 million to date.
Among those titles still in general release, Sony continues to score with "Spectre," which made a respectable $5.4 million in week five, which was good enough for fifth place overall. Fox did good business with animated feature "The Peanuts Movie," which was in seventh place as it added another $3.5 million in its fifth weekend for a cumulative gross of $121 million (as with "The Good Dinosaur" many of those admissions were at reduced prices). And the studio saw "The Martian" land in eighth by adding an impressive $1.6 million in its tenth frame for a total tally of $221 million and counting. And Disney must be pleased with Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," which did well enough in its eighth week to add another 715K million to its haul which now totals $68.5 million.
As of this writing, all 22 of our Oscar experts (journalists who cover this beat for major media including Variety, Yahoo, USA Today, and Huffington Post) are predicting that "Spotlight" and "The Martian" will reap Best Picture bids. Twenty expect the same for "Room" with 19 forecasting that "Bridge of Spies" and "Brooklyn" will make the cut as do 18 for "Carol."
Among the performers in these pictures, "Room" breakout star Brie Larson sit atops the Best Actress chart although she faces a strong challenge from Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy," which just screened for the first time and is due out at Christmas. Over in Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio is now solidly in first place for "The Revenant," which also just unspooled for the industry in advance of its Xmas release. He supplanted the long-time frontrunner, "Steve Jobs" player Michael Fassbender.
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