In Mixed Bag Of Openings, ‘American Animals’ Soars, ‘RBG’ Grosses $1.1M in Expansion: Specialty Box Office

In a mixed weekend for specialty openers.

the leading newcomer by far is American Animals.

Backed by The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures, the film grossed $140,633, averaging $35,158, one of the best debuts of 2018.The Sundance debut was directed by Bart Layton and stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson.

The strong launch offered MoviePass some positive news during an otherwise trying stretch for its parent company, Helios & Matheson as investors and industryites continue to question the viability of the MoviePass subscription model.Other debuts were more sobering.

IFC Films opened A Kid Like Jake, grossing $9,063 in an exclusive showing in New York.

FilmRise bowed Australian-set Breath, also with one run, taking in $5,700.

Cohen Media Group rolled out Jacques Doillon’s French-language feature, Rodin, in two theaters, grossing $6,551.Well Go USA added showings of How Long Will I Love U in its second frame, grossing $170K in 32 theaters, while

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