‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Lifts Up the Specialty Box Office

  • Indiewire
The specialty market showed signs of life this weekend, led by “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (Amazon), which performed better than two recent disappointments from top directors, $15-million Sundance buy “Blinded By the Light” (New Line/Warner Bros.) and Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (Annapurna/United Artists).

Brittany Runs a Marathon” showed better-than-average numbers–but not strong enough to justify its $14-million Sundance acquisition. A slow rollout to cash in on hoped-for word of mouth will determine its future. “Blinded” did not get the second weekend hold it needed, and looks unlikely to sustain a long run.

Holdover “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside Attractions), with far less pre-release attention, though, is finding some real success as it expanded to just under 1,000 theaters. Among other openers, “Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool” (Abramorama) and another Sundance premiere, “Give Me Liberty” (Music Box), also scored good initial response.


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