By Daniel Garris
In its second weekend of platform release, Paramount’s Everybody Wants Some!! had a solid expansion with an estimated $510,000 from 63 locations. That gave the Richard Linklater directed comedy a respectable per-location average of $8,095. Everybody Wants Some!! was up 63 percent over last weekend, when the film was playing in 44 fewer locations. Everybody Wants Some!! has grossed $974,436 through twelve days. The film is scheduled to receive another expansion this coming Friday.
Sony Pictures Classics’ Miles Ahead also had a solid expansion in its second weekend of platform release with an estimated $227,411 from 25 locations, for a per-location average of $9,096. The Miles Davis biopic starring and directed by Don Cheadle was up 99 percent over last weekend, when the film was playing in just 4 locations. The ten-day total for Miles Ahead stands at $377,374. Miles Ahead will expand again this coming Friday and is scheduled to expand into moderate release on April 22.
After a healthy three-week platform run, Warner’s Midnight Special entered into moderate release this weekend with an estimated $1.16 million from 493 locations. That gave the Jeff Nichols directed sci-fi film starring Michael Shannon a modest per-location average of $2,345 for the frame. Midnight Special was up 110 percent over the previous weekend, but added an additional 435 locations in the process this weekend. Midnight Special has grossed $2.30 million through 24 days and has already surpassed the $1.73 million final gross of 2011’s Take Shelter.
Fox Searchlight’s Demolition took in a similar weekend estimate of $1.13 million, but did so while playing in 854 locations. That gave the Jean-Marc Vallée drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts a lackluster pre-location average of $1,317 over its opening weekend frame. Demolition appears to have been hurt by its mixed critical reviews. The film currently has a 50 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes.
In its second weekend, Chongqing Hot Pot took in an estimated $235,000 from 45 locations, for a per-location average of $5,222. The Mandarin-language comedy thriller from China Lion Film was up 16 percent upon expanding into 25 additional locations. The ten-day total for Chongqing Hot Pot stands at $524,987.
Noteworthy debuts in platform release this weekend included an estimated $67,739 for Drafthouse Films’ The Invitation (from ten locations, for a per-location average of $6,774) and an estimated $24,341 for The Orchard’s Louder than Bombs (from four locations, for a per-location average of $6,085). Respective Tomatometers currently stand at a strong 92 percent for The Invitation and at a modest 67 percent for Louder than Bombs.