As the Cannes Film Festival presents prospects for the next year of specialized releases, distributors at home are praying for better fortunes ahead: For titles in their third week or beyond, the best gross is under $250,000 for “The White Crow
.” Ongoing releases traditionally form the bulk of art-house business, and that’s likely the lowest-ever best gross for a film in its third week.
Within this context, a decent opening — $20,000 in four top theaters — for Joanna Hogg
’s highly praised “The Souvenir
” is positive news. It’s good enough to serve as the basis for much wider play, but doesn’t suggest a strong prognosis for the business.
Meanwhile, documentaries continue to provide specialized releasing whatever good news there is: “The Biggest Little Farm
” showed continued growth in its second weekend.
(A24) – Metacritic: 94; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin 2019
$85,851 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,463
With “The Souvenir