‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office

Charlie Sheen’s “9/11,” which shocked many with its trailer, flops

With the Venice Film Festival now complete and the deals at Toronto just getting started, this weekend was a slow one for the indie box office. The lone standout this weekend was IFC’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which made $44,280 from four screens for a PSA of $11,070.

Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger, as he navigates his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) while writing his most famous work, “Catcher In The Rye.” Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey also star. The film received a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also released this week was “9/11,” a drama that takes place during the Sept. 11 attacks that stars Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg and Gina Gershon. Distributed by Atlas, the film’s trailer received heavy backlash and currently has a 20 percent RT score from just five reviews filed. The film bombed hard this weekend, making just $162,540 on 400 screens for a PSA of just $406.

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In its second weekend, the PBS documentary “Dolores” expanded to five screens and held on well, making $53,610 for a PSA of $10,722. Pantelion/Lionsgate’s “Do It Like an Hombre” pushed past the $2 million mark in its second weekend after making $375,000 from 382 screens. In its third week, Neon’s “Beach Rats” expanded to 34 screens and made $72,591 to bring its total to $208,440, while Sony Pictures Classics’ “Maudie” hauled itself past the $6 million mark in its 13th weekend with just under $44,000.