The R-rated dystopian thriller from David Cronenberg brought in $72,327 from three screens, a $24,109 per-screen average, best of any film this weekend.
Another opener, "Robot and Frank” from IDP and Samuel Goldwyn Films, bowed on two New York screens and took in $38,234, a $19,117 per-screen average.
The plan is to expand to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia next week.
Magnolia’s thriller “Compliance” took in $16,000 from a single New York screen. Based on a true story, the film follows the fallout from a prank call to a fast food restaurant.
Cohen Media Group came out strongly with “The Awakening” but the returns weren’t strong. The British horror film made $94,377 from 70 theaters this weekend, a per-screen average of $1.348.
Keanu Reeves’ documentary on digital film in movies, “Side by Side” from Tribeca Film, brought in $7,200 from a single Los Angeles screen in its bow.
"Beloved," Christophe Honoré's romance from Sundance Selects, grossed $27,500 from five screens for a $5,500 average. Catherine Deneuve, Milos Forman and Ludivine Sagnier star.
Sony Pictures Classics’ “Chicken with Plums,” took in $11,207 from a pair of screens in its debut.
Among holdovers, by far the most impressive was the documentary “2016 Obama’s America” from Rocky Mountain Pictures.” Expanding from 61 to 169 screens, it took in $1.2 million for a $7,393 per-screen average.
The anti-Obama documentary, written and directed by John Sullivan and Dinesh D’Souza (“The Roots of Obama’s Rage”), purports to portray what America would be like should the president be re-elected.
Fox Searchlight saw "Beasts of the Southern Wild" run its overall gross to $8.1 million in its eighth week in release. it took in $555,000 from 236 theaters, a per-screen average of $2,351.
Magnolia’s Sundance documentary “The Queen of Versailles” averaged $2,468 per-screen at 77 theaters to raise its overall gross to $1.2 million.
Sony Pictures Classics expanded the hit Sundance documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" from 15 to 27 screens and it took in $108,536. That’s a $4,020 per-screen average for the tale of two South Africans who set out in search of their musical idol. It's taken in $311,612 in four weeks.
The same company's' "Celeste and Jesse Forever" expanded from to 67 screens in its third weekend and made $250,874, a $3,744 per-screen average. It was written by Will McCormack and Rashida Jones, who stars with Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts and Ari Graynor.
Magnolia's "2 Days in New York" expanded to 14 screens from two in its second week and grossed $86,000, a $6,143 average for Julie Delpy’s followup to “2 Days in Paris.”
Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" brought in $42,100 from four screens in New York City. That’s a per-screen average of $10,525 for the film from Variance Films/40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.