Indie Box Office: ‘The Farewell’ Hits Top 10 as Non-Fiction ‘Honeyland’ Builds Buzz

It was more of same at specialized theaters this weekend.

Documentaries dominated the openings, led by buzzy “Honeyland” (Neon), while response continues strong for family movie “The Farewell” (A24).

Lulu Wang’s Sundance narrative dramedy starring Awkwafina bucked the current documentary trend by landing among the weekend’s Top 10 grossers, even in limited release.Among the newbies, three Sundance non-fiction debuts opened decently with solid reviews: “Mike Wallace Is Here” (Magnolia), “For Sama” (PBS), and Netflix’s day-and-date title “The Great Hack.” A24 also threw “Skins” starring Jamie Bell as a neo-Nazi into a few theaters along with home availability, with grosses not reported.

The Mountain” (Kino Lorber) was the sole narrative debut to show positive reaction and possible further interest.OpeningHoneyland (Neon) – Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Sundance, New Directors/New Film 2019$30,000 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $15,000This marks the best opening PTA among documentaries in recent weeks.

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