Specialty Box Office: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara Scare Up Robust Debut For ‘A Ghost Story’

David Lowery’s fantasy-romance A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara opened strong in four New York and L.A. theaters over the weekend. The A24 release took in over $108K. New doc City of Ghosts from Oscar-nominee Matthew Heineman had a decent roll out in two New York locations, grossing $16K, while China Lion’s historical drama Our Time Will Come bowed in 18 North American cities at $48K.A Ghost Story - Still 2
The Little Hours in its second weekend grossing almost $194K. The Big Sick and The Beguiled continued their reign as the Specialty hits of summer, with the former averaging well over $11K in 326 theaters in its third weekend. Both made the top 10 in the overall box office this weekend. Also drawing an audience is Sony Pictures Classics’ Paris Can Wait, which crossed $5M in its ninth weekend of release.
A24’s A Ghost Story had the highest per theater average of any release as of Sunday morning. Filmed under the radar last year, A Ghost Story grossed just over $108K from four runs, averaging $27,017. The figure edges over Spider-Man: Homecoming’s opening PTA of $26,912, though of course that movie was in far more theaters. A Ghost Story reunites director David Lowery with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, their first since Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opened in August of 2013 in three locations at $26,419 ($8,806 PTA). It went on to cume over $396K in theaters.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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