NORTH AMERICA: Platform Watch: ‘The Big Short’ ($1.78M), ‘Brooklyn’ ($1.13M), ’45 Years’ ($512K) & ‘The Lady in the Van’ ($393K) Highlight Modest Frame

As was the case for films in wide release, the platform front also experienced slowing over Super Bowl weekend.

Paramount’s The Big Short took in an estimated $1.78 million from 860 locations, for a per-location average of $2,070. The Adam McKay directed Best Picture nominee was down 42 percent upon playing in 123 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend. The Big Short has grossed $1.78 million through 59 days of release.

Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn grossed an estimated $1.13 million from 703 locations, for a per-location average of $1,600. The John Crowley directed Best Picture nominee starring Saoirse Ronan declined a solid 36 percent from last weekend, when it was playing in 45 more locations. The 94-day total for Brooklyn stands at $32.33 million.

Estimated weekend grosses for other Best Picture nominees included $844,274 for Spotlight from 668 locations and $782,000 for Room from 631 locations. Open Road’s Spotlight was down 30 percent from last weekend upon losing 47 locations, while Room fell 37 percent upon losing 164 locations. Respective total grosses stand at $36.11 million for Spotlight in 94 days and at $11.25 million for Room in 115 days.

Upon expanding into an additional 62 locations this weekend, 45 Years took in an estimated $511,500. The critically acclaimed drama from IFC Films’ Sundance Selects division, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay registered a per-location average of $3,300 and was up a slim 8 percent over last weekend’s performance. 45 Years has grossed $2.02 million in 47 days.

Sony Pictures Classics’ The Lady in the Van continued its solid platform run with an estimated $392,585 from 82 locations. That gave the Nicholas Hytner directed film starring Maggie Smith a per-location average of $4,788. The Lady in the Van was up a healthy 31 percent upon adding 32 locations this weekend. The Lady in the Van has grossed $1.26 million in 24 days (and an additional one-week Oscar qualifying run back in early December).

ShortsHD’s The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films took in an estimated $400,000 from 150 locations, for a per-location average of $2,667. The collection of this year’s Oscar nominated short films was down 29 percent from last weekend’s debut, when it was playing in 27 fewer locations. The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films has grossed $1.19 million in ten days, which is 9 percent stronger than the $1.09 million ten-day start of last year’s The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films.

Well Go USA’s Ip Man 3 grossed an estimated $307,675 from 108 locations, for a per-location average of $2,849. The third installment of the Donnie Yen led martial arts series was down 42 percent from last weekend, when it was playing in an additional 7 locations. Ip Man 3 has grossed $2.16 million in 17 days and has easily out-grossed the $205,675 total North America gross of 2011’s Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster.

China Lion Film’s The Monkey King 2 in 3D registered the weekend’s most noteworthy platform debut with an estimated $175,000 from 38 locations, for a solid per-location average of $4,605.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company’s Regression stumbled out of the gate with an estimated $31,000 from 100 locations, for a poor per-location average of just $310. The Alejandro Amenábar directed thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson had originally been scheduled for wide release this past August before being pushed back to 2016.

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