Breakout ‘Isle of Dogs’ Dominates Feast or Famine Specialty Box Office

IndieWire | 4/1/2018 | Staff
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Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight) showed crossover strength as it widened on its second weekend to more major markets. And “Death of Stalin” (IFC) continues strong on the arthouse circuit.

Both added a much-needed boost to the anemic specialty market. Only three holdovers after their third week grossed over $50,000, including the final dates for Oscar-winner “The Shape of Water.” This marks the lowest numbers in years, and exposes the feast-or-famine nature of the current specialized box office.

Opener - Roadside - Attraction - Romance - Finding

The widest new opener, Roadside Attraction’s British senior romance “Finding Your Feet,” drew a mixed response in multiple initial cities.

Of the three new U.S. indies arriving with past festival branding, only Gemini (Neon) has a chance at real theatrical legs; “Love After Love” (IFC) is already streaming, and “Outside In” (The Orchard) hits SVOD on April 3 before Netflix availability on June 1. The theatrical business is shifting: only a handful of top titles can make a strong impact, leaving home-viewing alternatives the logical choice for most films.

Celia - Imrie - Imelda - Staunton - Finding

Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton in “Finding Your Feet”

Aimed at older audiences currently attracted to “The Leisure Seeker,” this British comedy focuses an older woman (Imelda Staunton) thrown out of her comfort zone after discovering her husband in the middle of an affair. Her free-wheeling sister (Celia Imrie) tries to loosen her up at a dance class. With a familiar cast including Timothy Spall, Roadside released this in several markets (Florida cities, Phoenix and Los Angeles) to find a receptive older audience. Initial results were modest; it remains to be seen if word of mouth will kick in.

Expansion - Theaters - April

What comes next: This has a planned expansion to around 500 theaters by April 13.

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