Fresh product is invigorating the post-awards season. Julianne Moore
in “Gloria Bell
,” Sebastián Lelio
’s Los Angeles redo of his Chilean success “Gloria,” led the field with a strong two-city start. Expanding “Apollo 11
” (Neon) added to its initial IMAX
runs, landing in tenth place overall.
Scoring surprisingly strong numbers is “Babylon
,” an almost 40-year-old British-Jamaican film finally released stateside. Its exclusive New York run took in $20,000, a strong number for any specialized opener.
The recent subtitled surge continues as a variety of new esoteric and well-reviewed entries join previous non-English successes “Climax
” (Neon) and “Everybody Knows
Gloria Bell (A24) – Metacritic: 81; Festivals include: Toronto 2018
$154,775 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $30,955
Lelio has already enjoyed three significant specialized successes: the original “Gloria,” his Oscar-winner “A Fantastic Woman
” last year, and London-made “Disobedience
.” For his first U.S. film, he reworked “Gloria” with Julianne Moore playing a single grandmother,