NORTH AMERICA: Platform Watch: ‘Where to Invade Next’ Arrives with $933K in Moderate Release

Drafthouse Films’ Where to Invade Next arrived in theatres this weekend with an estimated $933,240 from 308 locations over the three-day frame. That gave the Michael Moore directed documentary a modest per-location average of $3,030. While Where to Invade Next had one of the weekend’s more noteworthy platform performances (during a slow overall frame for films in limited release), the film didn’t reach the box office heights of previous Michael Moore films, such as the $4.50 million grossed by 2007’s Sicko in 441 locations and the $4.45 million grossed by 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story in 962 locations. Where to Invade Next has received solid critical reviews, as it currently has a 75 percent Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes. With the addition of earlier preview grosses, Where to Invade Next has grossed $1.03 million to date.

Sony Pictures Classics’ The Lady in the Van continued its solid platform run with an estimated three-day take of $548,604 from 130 locations, for a per-location average of $4,220. The Nicholas Hytner directed film starring Maggie Smith was up a healthy 55 percent over last weekend (when it was playing in 48 fewer locations). The Lady in the Van has grossed a promising $1.97 million in 31 days (and an additional one-week Oscar qualifying run back in early December).

Best Picture nominees The Big Short and Brooklyn both continued to have a box office presence with respective estimated three-day grosses of $1.37 million and $1.12 million. Paramount’s The Big Short was down 20 percent from last weekend, while Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn declined by just 5 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $65.70 million for The Big Short in 66 days and at $34.08 million for Brooklyn in 101 days.

Estimated three-day grosses for other Best Picture nominees included $750,665 for Open Road’s Spotlight from 455 locations and $412,000 for A24’s Room from 316 locations. Spotlight was down 10 percent from last weekend (when it was playing in 213 more locations) and has grossed $37.26 million in 101 days. Room fell a sizable 44 percent from last weekend (when it was in an additional 315 locations) and has grossed $11.96 million in 122 days.

45 Years took in an estimated $486,000 over the three-day weekend from 237 locations, for a per-location average of $2,051.  Upon expanding into an additional 83 locations the critically acclaimed drama from IFC Films’ Sundance Selects division, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay was only up 2 percent from last weekend. The 54-day platform total for 45 Years stands at $2.71 million.