TriStar/Sony’s “T2: Trainspotting,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic film about a group of heroin addicts in Scotland, made $180,000 from five theaters on an indie box office weekend that saw other indie films like “Raw,” “The Sense of an Ending” and “The Orchard” expanded to more screens.
“T2 Trainspotting” takes place 21 years after the first film, with Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) and his fellow addicts now deep into middle age and struggling with their relationships to their wives and kids. Complicating matters is the return of the violent Franco (Robert Carlyle), who returns to his life of crime after breaking out of prison. It has received positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring 76 percent.
McGregor, Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Kelly Macdonald all return to reprise their roles from the original, with Boyle and John Hodge returning to direct and write, respectively. Boyle is producing with Bernard Bellew, Christian Colson and Andrew Macdonald. “T2” has received solid reviews, getting a “fresh” RT rating of 77 percent.
“Raw,” Julia Ducournau’s coming-of-age cannibal movie, expanded to nine theaters this weekend, making an estimated $42,860 for an average of $4,762 per screen. Focus World will continue expanding the French film this weekend. CBS Films’ “The Sense of an Ending” made an estimated $475,000 from 282 screens for a per screen average of $1,684.
Meanwhile, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song,” which premiered at SXSW, made just shy of $54,000 from four theaters for an average of $13,486 per screen. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara as a pair of Austin-based songwriters who go through a turbulent relationship while being manipulated by a crafty music exec played by Michael Fassbender. It has earned a mildly positive reception from critics, scoring a 61 percent RT rating.
Kristen Stewart’s “Personal Shopper” expanded to 35 screens in its second weekend, making $158,515 for a screen average of $4,529. Meanwhile, among the Oscar holdovers, The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” crossed the $50 million mark this weekend with an estimated $724,000 from 621 screens.