Specialty box office: Weekend belongs to ‘Stories’ and ‘Mud’

The highest grossing indie debut this weekend was Sarah Polley's doc "Stories We Tell" Credit: Ken Woroner
The highest-grossing indie debut this weekend was Sarah Polley’s documentary “Stories We Tell.”
Credit: Ken Woroner

According to Indiewire, the specialty/indie/alternative box office wasn’t exactly on fire this weekend.

Only one debut performed with any strength. Luckily, that was Sarah Polley’s rather good “Stories We Tell,” an account of her family history that’s oddly interesting even before it hits us with a crazy left-field revelation. It grossed $31,000 from two theaters, for a $15,500 average. That, as per Indiewire, puts it on track with other recent hit documentaries, such as “Searching for Sugarman” (which went on to gross $3,657,684 and win the Best Documentary Oscar) and “Queen of Versailles” (which netted $2,401,999).

No one much saw “No One Lives,” the horror/thriller from the director of the similarly doomed “Midnight Meat Train.” That raked in $45,900, slightly more than “Stories We Tell” did, but from 53 theaters, for a sad $866 average.

Everyone loves “Mud,” though. The Matthew McConaughey drama, which features a couple of walk-ons from Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon, went from 576 screens to 854, and grossed another $2,343,400, taking it to a $8,363,379 total.

For more, see Indiewire.


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