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Fresh product is invigorating the post-awards season. Julianne Moore in “Gloria Bell,” Sebastián Lelio’s Los Angeles redo of his Chilean success “Gloria,” led the field with a strong two-city start. Expanding “Apollo 11” (Neon) added to its initial IMAX runs, landing in tenth place overall.
Scoring surprisingly strong numbers is “Babylon,” an almost 40-year-old British-Jamaican film finally released stateside. Its exclusive New York run took in $20,000, a strong number for any specialized opener.
Surge - Variety - Entries - Successes - Climax
The recent subtitled surge continues as a variety of new esoteric and well-reviewed entries join previous non-English successes “Climax” (Neon) and “Everybody Knows” (Focus).
Lelio has already enjoyed three significant specialized successes: the original “Gloria,” his Oscar-winner “A Fantastic Woman” last year, and London-made “Disobedience.” For his first U.S. film, he reworked “Gloria” with Julianne Moore playing a single grandmother, a professional by day but nightclub dancer at night, and John Turturro as her love interest. Backed by A24, “Gloria Bell” is the first English language drama in a while to appeal to older mainstream specialized audiences, who are hungry for fresh films. It opened in top New York/Los Angeles theaters to positive reviews, launching well ahead of the distributor’s recent “Climax,” “Lean On Pete,” and “First Reformed.” Ironically, the gross is just under “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (which was initially to star Moore), when it opened last fall.
Push - Expansion - Friday
What comes next: Expect a significant national push for this, starting with the expansion this Friday.
Actor - Vincent - D'Onofrio - Co-stars - Chris
Actor Vincent D’Onofrio directed and co-stars with Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke in this Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid western which Lionsgate launched nationally in a range of upscale to lesser theaters. The lack of critical support justified avoiding the platform route. The plan is to sustain these theaters and hope they can sustain multi-week interest.
What comes next: For the moment, hold these...
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