Two independent productions made huge waves at the box office this weekend, with the first being Screen Media Films’ special effects extravaganza The Void (read my review), which grossed an estimated $55,000 over a three-day weekend starting on April 7th in 31 locations based on many bookings were limited engagements per day and/or midnight shows.
The Void was the #1 grossing film at multiple locations including the Village East Theater in NY and at the Arena in LA. Also, the Nitehawk in Brooklyn, and the Music Box in Chicago sold out all of its midnight shows. Overall, there were sold out shows across the board in the following markets over the weekend: New York (Brooklyn, Yonkers), Chicago, Miami, Texas (El Paso, Lubbock, Dallas), Lancaster PA, Salem MA, Columbus, California (Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego).
Following the weekend, The Void will expand to more than 50 markets around the US including Cleveland, Richmond VA, Atlanta, Denver, Portland, Tucson, Charlotte, Buffalo, and Little Rock AR, with other engagements to follow.
Also, according to TheWrap, Colossal, which comes to us from Neon, a new distributor launched by former RADiUS head Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse co-founder Tim League, had the highest per-screen average of any release this week, making $125,809 from four theaters for an average of $31,452 per screen.
Our very own Kalyn Corrigan reviewed Nacho Vigalondo‘s Colossal, calling it “a clever and fascinating mega monster movie that’s just as deeply comedic and entertaining as it is casually wise and perceptive.”
Colossal stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a wayward blogger who returns to her small New England town after separating from her boyfriend (Dan Stevens). After reuniting with an elementary school classmate (Jason Sudekis) and getting a job at his bar, the story takes a hard left turn into the fantastical as Gloria discovers that a monster appears in Seoul and mimics her movements whenever she walks through a playground in the morning.