Top-ranked studio Universal led the way—by far—among specialized releases this weekend with "Steve Jobs
"' superb initial New York/Los Angeles debut. This sets a standard that is unlikely to be topped by any upcoming awards contender, because there's less intense competition for now). The other strong opener, at a single Los Angeles screen, is the South Korean Oscar entry "The Throne
," which based on reliable sources looks to gross over $20,000 this weekend. The top grosser among second-week films is "He Named Me Malala
" (Fox Searchlight), which fell short of director Davis Guggenheim
's previous attention-grabbing docs. Several other well-reviewed festival highlights also debuted, many on VOD (and one on Netflix), without gaining significant traction. The Orchard's Doc NYC-selected documentary "Cartel Land
," which went theatrical in July to a $700,000 total, has taken in a reported $550,000 in two weeks of VOD release, an upbeat...