It was a busy weekend on the limited release front where Taika Waititi’s WW2 comedy “Jojo Rabbit” was the smash hit. Opening in New York and Los Angeles in five theaters, the film made an estimated $350,000 for the weekend with a per-screen average of $70,000.
Whilst critics have been mixed with a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 56/100 on Metacritic, audiences loved it with a CinemaScore of an ‘A’. The film will expand to eight new markets next week including Denver, Austin, Phoenix, Wash. DC, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, and Chicago before going wide (on 600+ screens) on November 8th.
Robert Eggers’ arthouse thriller “The Lighthouse” also fared extremely well, opening on eight screens across New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington DC and along with critical acclaim (93% on Rotten Tomatoes), the film snagged an estimated $419,764 – giving it a per-screen average of $52,471. The film is set to expand to 500 more screens next weekend, with an additional roll out to more for the Thanksgiving holiday season.
Kevin Smith’s “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot” scored a limited release with two shows during the week. The film played two shows during the week and grossed $1,011,305 before going on a roadshow which will play through 2020. It also had a show on Saturday night in New Jersey which took in $93,520. Saban Films will open it theatrically starting next week in New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids.
Neon’s dark comedy “Parasite” continued going from strength-to-strength, jumping from three screens to 33 and had a huge weekend of around $1,241,334. The biopic “Judy” is also faring well in its fourth week, taking a further $2 million and coming in at number eight.