Millennium Entertainment connected with two limited releases — “The Iceman” and “What Maisie Knew” — at the specialty box office this weekend.
"The Iceman,” which features Michael Shannon as real-life mob killer Richard Kuklinski, opened in four theaters and took in $93,149 for a glossy $23,287 per-screen average. Winona Ryder and Ray Liotta co-star in the film, directed and co-written by Ariel Vroman.
“What Maisie Knew” debuted in a single New York theater and brought in $23,248.
Set in current-day New York, the film chronicles the falling-apart of a family as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl who watches the grown-ups around her behave like children.
“This has been a great, solid start for both films,” said Millennium Chief Executive Bill Lee said. “‘The Iceman’ delivered. We expect the film to continue to expand and play throughout the summer.”
He was encouraged by the showing of “Maisie,” too.
“With stellar reviews, the film posted the largest per screen average at the Angelika this weekend,” he said. “We believe that this is just the beginning of a very long, successful run.”
Also off to a strong start was Sony Pictures Classics’ “Love is All You Need,” a romantic comedy from Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier. The film is set in Italy and stars Pierce Brosnan in a tale of a group of people all seeking love, passion and happiness, with varying degrees of success.
It brought in $38,954 from four theaters for a $9,739 per-screen average. Bier’s "In a Better World," was also released by Sony Pictures Classics and picked up an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Director Matthew Miele's "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" brought in $38,294 from four theaters in its debut for distributor eOne. That a $9,574 per-screen average for the fashion-focused documentary about the iconic New York department store.
The Weinstein Company expanded "Kon Tiki" from two theaters to 12 and grossed $78,324. That's a $6,527 per-screen average for the film, which dramatizes Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,000-mile raft trip across the Pacific Ocean in 1947.
Focus Features' Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper crime drama "The Place Beyond The Pines" may be losing some steam. It took in $1.2 million from 1,162 theaters, up from 1,584, an average of $1,117. Its domestic total after six weeks is $18.6 million.
"At Any Price," Ramin Bahrani's drama about a farm family in crisis, expanded from four to 18 theaters and took in $32,272 for a soft $1,792 per-screen average. Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid and Kim Dickens star in the film, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.