In its second weekend in theaters, MGM and director Emma Seligman’s teen comedy Bottoms broke into the top ten films for the weekend (no. 7) on 715 screens, a major North America expansion from a 10-theater opening last week. An estimated $3 million gross for the three days, and $3.6 million for the four-day Labor Day holiday (PSA $4,206 and $5,019 respectively) means the film will continue to expand, with about 1,200 screens planned for next weekend.
Estimated cume to date is $4.3+ million for the $11.3 million-budget title produced by Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and Alison Small. It’s holding a 95% Fresh rating from critics and a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes with exit polling continuing strong in week two as it ventured outside the coasts, with organic social buzz and young audiences driving ticket sales.
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Meanwhile, A4’s Talk To Me, the low-budget breakout hit from Australian brothers, popular YouTubers and first-time filmmakers Danny and Michael Philippou is A24’s highest grossing horror pic ever with an estimated cume of $44.575 million over the four days on 1,075 screens – passing Hereditary’s $44.069 million. The film opened with a blast in late July becoming the distributor’s top debut since Ari Aster’s 2018 film. Now it’s no. ten at the domestic box office in week 6 with a $1.76 million three-day weekend and $2.24 million for the four days.
Back to Bottoms: It wasn’t a slam dunk that the raunchy comedy about two queer high school girls (Rachel Sennot and Ayo Edebiri) who start a fight club would play as well as it is outside NY and LA and into the burbs. But MGM said exits continue to be well above norms with 91% in the top two boxes and an 86% definite recommend, with the film playing both suburban and urban — and young. Audiences are 80% 18-34, and 48% between 25-34. MGM says social conversation around the film ranks among the highest volume of any theatrical comedy that’s opened this decade.
Weekend breakdown: Fri. – $1.3M; Sat. -$875k; Sun. – $832k; Mon. – $582k.
Other specialty holdovers: Bleecker Street’s Golda by Guy Nattiv, starring Helen Mirren, will gross an estimated $769,723 for the three days and $971,647 for the four in week 2 on 791 screens. That’s a PSA of $973 and $1,228 respectively, and a total cume of $3.38 million.
Golda: Fri. – $183,745; Sat. $316,745; Sun. – $269,233; Mon. $201,924.
For The Hill, by Jeff Celentano, starring Dennis Quad, distributor Briarcliff is projecting a 3-day gross of $1.44M, off only 38% from last weekend, and a 4-day gross of $1.91M in week 2 at 1,703 locations, for a total cume of $5.2 million.
There aren’t many numbers yet for the few new openings this weekend, but one, Vertical’s The Good Mother, starring Hilary Swank, directed by Miles Joris-Payrafitte, reported a three-day estimated cume of $304k and a four-day cume of $367k on 419 screens.
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