The Banshees of Inisherin tops specialty box office with $1.8 million

This weekend’s two major specialty releases, “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Aftersun,” showed considerable promise that could set them up for long box office runs.

Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight) scored the fall’s top platform opening with approximately $181,000 at four New York/Los Angeles theaters. The 1920s Irish comedy slightly outperformed the recent strong initial results of ‘TÁR’ (Focus) at the start of this year’s seasonal upsurge in specialist releases.

While the total gross so far is still only a small portion of the weekend’s box office (about $4 million in total across all specialty movies), I dates are mostly limited or platform. Three of them are already in the 100-300 theater range, all showing some strength and promising more.

“Aftersun” (A24), with the year’s top Metacritic score of 96 (“Banshees” has an outstanding score of 90), also opened in four theaters in the same two cities. It doesn’t have the same directing or acting presence, with few selling points other than outstanding reviews. Its initial performance ($66,000, PTA over $16,000) is a positive sign, even if it is not at the same level of gross.

With “TÁR” and “Triangle of Sadness” (Neon) in their third week, and “Till” (United Artists), “Decision to Leave” (MUBI) in their second, all developed with decent results. Their ultimate fate will be determined by wider breaks from this weekend, but each has hit their respective marks so far.

“Triangle” had the biggest turnover with its 280 rooms, more than all the others. It snuck into the Top Ten at No. 10 with $600,000 / $2,143 PTA, already at $1.4 million. At this early stage, that’s just below what Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure” and “The Square” have brought in domestically.

With fewer theaters, “Till” and “TÁR” had higher PTAs ($3,627 and $3,333 respectively), which is typical when fewer locations split the pie and smaller markets join more. early. “Till” went to 104 theaters and $376,000 in total in its second weekend. It’s worth noting a 16% increase from Friday, which is even more impressive since Friday included Thursday sales of new theaters. This reaction could continue until it quickly jumps to around 2,000 theaters this Friday.

“TÁR”, now in its third weekend, grossed $470,000 from 141 theaters. In those that play both it and “Triangle” (a considerable overlap), Todd Field’s film generally fares better. (The wider break for “Triangle” in some cases is a factor). Again, both should see their best numbers still ahead of them, and will give a better sense of their success and a sense of specialization in this critical time.

“Decision to Leave”, the group’s only non-English film, had the highest PTA ($6,176) in 48 theaters with a gross of $296,000. It’s early days, but it looks like it has a chance to be the highest-grossing subtitled arthouse film this year.

In the wider indie/specialty world, “Terrifier 2” (Cinedigm/Iconic) continues to amaze. The $250,000 budget horror flick, originally conceived primarily as a midweek special event, catches fire. With only a small increase in theater count (now 755), it grossed $1.9 million this weekend, including $5.2 million. That’s just under half of what the much wider release of “Amsterdam” did with more lead for “Terrifier.”

Considered a top documentary award contender, “All That Breathes” (Submarine Deluxe) fetched a decent $8,177 at the Film Forum as it kicks off a theatrical launch ahead of its HBO screening. It was the best PTA among other extra openers this weekend.

Notable titles not grossing this weekend include Netflix’s “The Descendant” (Metacritic score of 90) and Amazon’s poorly rated “My Policeman.” Both are set to make their streaming debut soon.

Movies are listed by release week, starting with those opening that week:

Banshees of Inisherin (Spotlight) NEW – Metacrit: 90; Festivals include: Venice, Toronto 2022

$191,000 in 4 theaters; APT: $45,250

Aftersun (A24) NEW – Metacrit: 96; Festivals include: Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, New York 2022

$66,355 in 4 theaters; APT: $16,589

All That Breathes (Submarine Deluxe/Sideshow) NEW – Metacritic: 89; Festivals include: Sundance, Cannes, New York 2022

$8,177 in 1 theater; APT: $8,177

The Return of Tanya Tucker: Starring Brandi Carlile (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW – Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: South by Southwest, Telluride, Toronto 2022

$9,358 in 4 theaters; APT: $2,340

Brainwashed: Sex-Power-Camera (Kino Lorber) NEW – Metacritic: 61; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin 2022

$8,032 in 1 cinema; APT: $8,032

The Promise of Paul (Atlas) NEW

$141,754 at 396 theaters; APE: $358

The Divine Protector: Master Salt Begins (Freestyle) NEW

$12,952 in 9 theaters; APT: $1,439

Until (United Artists) Week 2

$376,134 in 105 (+89) theaters; APT: $3,617; Cumulative: $666,500

Decision to leave (MUBI) Week 2

$296,436 in 48 (+45) theaters; APT: $6,176; Cumulative: $437,116

Cat Daddies (Gray Hat) NEW – Festivals include: Heartland 2022

$9,250 in theater 3 (+2); APT: $3,083

TÁR (Focus) Week 3

$470,000 in 141 (+105) theaters; APT: $3,300; Cumulative: $1,200,000

Triangle of Sadness (Neon) Week 3

$600,000 in 280 (+149) cinemas; APT: $2,143; Cumulative: $1,420,000

Terrify 2 (Cinedigm/Iconic) Week 3

$1,895,000 in 755 (+55) theaters; APT: $2,511; Cumulative: $5,256,000

The Good House (Road Attractions) Week 4

$30,235 in 124 (-261) theaters; Cumulative: $2,153,000

Pearl (A24) Week 6

$45,198 at 99 (-165) theaters; Cumulative: $9,364,000

See how they work (Searchlight) Week 6

$115,000 in 280 (-245) theaters; Cumulative: $9,526,000

Moonage Daydream (Neon) Week 6

$41,000 in 86 (-112) theaters; Cumulative: $4,152,000

Running the Basics (UPU2) Week 6

$9,500 in 56 (-84) theaters; Cumulative: $1,474,000