Chloe Okuno’s Feature Film Debut observer recorded the biggest opening weekend ever for IFC Films and its IFC Midnight/Shudder label on 764 US screens – also one of the widest releases ever from the distributor.
The genre thriller that had its world premiere at Sundance and then SXSW reported an estimated weekend gross of $815,000 and a PSA of $1,067.
“Watcher is one of the best feature film debuts we’ve ever seen from Sundance and Chloe Okuno has proven beyond a doubt that she is a leading new voice in horror,” said IFC Film President Arianna Bocco. “We are delighted to have been her partner in the release of Watcher and remain committed to finding the best new voices working in the film today.”
Witten by Zack Ford and Okuno, observer Maika Monroe plays Julia, a young American actress who moves with her half-Romanian husband (played by Karl Glusman) from the United States to Bucharest for his big new marketing job. Lonely and with loose ends, she finds a mysterious stranger (Burn Gorman) often watching her from an apartment window across the street, while a serial killer called The Spider stalks the city. Deadline review here. Bocco said IFC decided to show the film on as many screens as possible for the next three weeks before hitting VOD on June 21.
It’s been a solid weekend for indie food. From Neon, David Cronenberg’s title at Cannes crimes of the Future broke into the top ten in North America on 773 screens (646 US and 127 Canada). That was good for no. 10 with an estimated cume of $1.1 million and PSA of $1,423. Léa Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen star as a famous performance artist and his partner who publicly show the metamorphosis of his organs in a future in which human bodies mutate. Kristen Stewart plays a National Organ Registry investigator who tracks their movements. Term Assessment.
Difficult question from Oscilloscope Laboratories, the feature film debut of filmmakers Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, grossed $15,250 at one theater, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio. Set in the city’s indie music scene, the picture is the story of podcaster Lennon Gates (Sylvie Mix) who descends a path of obsession when she befriends local artist Bobbi Kitten (playing herself).
“This grove is a particularly remarkable achievement coming out of Columbus. It would be impressive in New York or LA, but Columbus has a fraction of the population and ticket prices are significantly lower. We are of course extremely happy with this grove, and very grateful that the community has come to support the film to such a huge extent,” said Oscilloscope Director, Theatrical Distribution & Sales, Andrew Carlin.
Difficult question adds performances in New York and Los Angeles on June 17 before expanding to the rest of the country. It will have a full theater window.
Sony Pictures Classics’ The specter of the open will take an estimated $26,189 on six screens for an average of $4,365 per screen. A true story featuring Mark Rylance is Maurice Flitcroft, an unrelenting optimist who gained entry into the British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 – after hearing about the prize money on TV – and then shot the worst round in Open history and a became a folk hero in the process. Also stars Sally Hawkins, Rhys Ifans.
blessing from Roadside Attractions has an estimated three-day gross of $47,650 on 91 screens for a $523 PSA. A biopic written and directed by Terence Davies, about legendary English war poet Siegfried Sassoon’s lifelong quest for personal salvation. Starring Jack Lowden
Kino Lorber releases Afro-futuristic musical Neptune Frost in two locations to a $10,000 debut weekend. Set in Rwanda, it follows Matalusa, a penniless miner, and an intersex hacker named Neptune, who find each other through cyberspace.
A film from India is in the top ten again. Vikram fell to No. 7 with $1,775 million across 460 locations for a PTA of $3,869. Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, distributed by Prime Media.
And SS Rajamoulis RRR was back for a while. The RRR #encoRRRe grossed an estimated $5,100 on three screens for a per screen average of $1,700 with a single showing per day at NYC’s IFC Center, LA’s Laemmle Glendale and a single Sunday show at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. The film was a worldwide blockbuster when it was released in March.