The slow recovery of the indie box office continued this weekend with the release of United Artists/Orion’s “Till” in 16 theaters, while Park Chan-wook’s romantic thriller “Decision to Leave”Independent distributor MUBI provided a platform release in three theaters.
“Till,”Directed By “Clemency”Chinonye Chukwu was released in five cities and grossed $240940. It will soon expand to 150-200 theatres in 30 more cities.
With critical acclaim on Rotten Tomatoes with a 100% approval rating and a 92% positive rating on Comscore/Screen Engine’s Posttrak, “Till”Oscar buzz has been created for Danielle Deadwyler, the lead actress for Mamie Till-Mobley’s performance. She spent many years fighting for justice following the lynching of Emmett, her 14-year old son, in racist circumstances.
“Everyone at UAR and MGM’s Orion is incredibly proud of this film – its powerful, cinematic, and important – beautifully directed by Chinonye Chukwu; with one of the best performances, you’ve ever seen on screen by Danielle Deadwyler,”Erik Lomis (United Artists Distribution Chief) made the statement.
“Hats off to producers Barbara Broccoli, Keith Beauchamp, and Whoopi Goldberg who fought to get this movie made for decades. This weekend, the film attracted an incredibly diverse, multi-generational audience, playing both smarthouse and commercial venues. We’re off to a great start,” Lomis continued.
“Decision to Leave” opened in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $90,729 with $57,308 coming from the Angelika Film Center in New York. It is a Korean film so a $30,000 average is good. The movie will expand to 36 theaters in 10 more cities next weekend.
“It’s genuinely thrilling to have ‘Decision to Leave’ opening so well among multiple movies in the arthouse marketplace doing pre-pandemic numbers,” noted MUBI’s domestic distribution head Chris Mason Wells.
Among expansions, Focus Features’ “TÁR”This weekend, the film was released in 36 theaters. It grossed $360,000 on an average of $10,000. Neon’s “Triangle of Sadness”Expanded to 31 theaters in its second week and added $336 576 for an average $10,857.
Another Neon release: the David Bowie documentary “Moonage Daydream,”After adding $111,000 from the 198 theaters, it has now crossed the $4million mark.