The A24 drama, set in the lawless Australian outback 10 years in the future, took in $70,000 from five theaters for a $14,000 per-screen average.
“The film received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson‘s breakthrough performance, and his fans responded as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women,” A24 said.
A24’s “Obvious Child” held well in its second week.
The R-rated comedy written and directed by Gillian Robespierre went from three theaters to 18 and took in $145,458, for an $8,056 per-theater average, the best of any holdover movie.
In the film, Jenny Slate plays a stand-up comic who unravels when she loses her job, gets dumped, finds out she’s pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to have an abortion. Gaby Hoffman and Gabe Liedman co-star.
“The Ivory Tower,” the documentary about higher education in America that was written, directed and produced by Andrew Rossi, took in $17,000 from two screens for Samuel Goldwyn Films and Participant Media.
Focus Features rolled out the sci-fi thriller “The Signal” in 120 theaters and it brought in $146,000 for a soft $1,217 per-theater average.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is directed by William Eubank, who co-wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Lin Shaye star.
“Chef” brought in $2.2 million from 1,102 theaters and raised its overall domestic total to $14 million. Open Road’s Jon Favreau food truck comedy is the second-highest grossing specialty release of the year, behind “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which has brought in more than $58 million.