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Coming-of-Age Drama ‘Beach Rats’ Shines at Indie Box Office

”Terminator 2: Judgement Day“ also got a 3D re-release on a weak box office weekend

The box office returns in the final weekend of August were miserable this week, but the indie box office trudged onward with the release of Neon’s Sundance buy “Beach Rats,” which made $45,000 from a three-screen opening, for a weekend best $15,000 per screen average.

Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, “Beach Rats” stars Harris Dickinson as a shy Brooklyn teen who struggles to understand his sexuality as he juggles his dates with a new girlfriend and encounters he has with other men online. The film has an 85 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also getting a release this week is a 3D remaster of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day.” Placed on 386 screens by French film importer Distrib Films US, the remaster made $582,300, for a PSA of $1,509.

Elsewhere, Fox Searchlight’s “Patti Cake$” expanded to 59 screens and made $105,000 to bring its total to $197,394, while Samuel Goldwyn’s “Gook” expanded to 24 screens and made $75,734 for a total of $109,678.

In their third week in theaters, A24’s “Good Time” and Neon’s “Ingrid Goes West” crossed the $1 million mark as they expanded nationwide. “Good Time” made $610,890 from 721 screens, while “Ingrid” made $781,750 from 647 screens to bring its total to $1.3 million. Fox Searchlight’s “Step” and A24’s “Menashe” will also cross the $1 million mark this coming week. “Step” made $66,000 from 118 screens in its fourth weekend, while “Menashe” added $172,510 from 103 screens in its fifth.