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‘Dolores’ and ‘Viceroy’s House’ Lead Indie Box Office While ‘Tulip Fever’ Disappoints

While there were no wide releases, art house theaters were still busy

Though there were no new wide releases this Labor Day weekend, the limited release slate was still full, with a list that included IFC Films’ “Viceroy’s House,” The Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever” and the PBS documentary “Dolores.”

Directed by Peter Bratt and produced by rock guitarist Carlos Santana, “Dolores” tells the story of activist Dolores Huerta and had the highest per screen average from its single screen release with $14,125.

“Viceroy’s House,” a British-Indian historical drama about the transition of India from British colonial rule to independence, made $44,736 from four screens for a PSA of $11,184. Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson star, with Gurinder Chadha directing and co-writing the script with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The film currently has a 70 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Tulip Fever,” on the other hand, was a disappointment, making just $1.2 million from 765 screens for a PSA of $1,588. The Dutch period piece had a strong pedigree, with Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Christopher Waltz leading the cast and Justin Chadwick directing from a script by Tom Stoppard. But critics panned the film, giving it just 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Elsewhere, Neon’s “Beach Rats” added $44,600 in its second weekend from eight screens to bring its total to just above $125,000. Fox Searchlight’s “Patti Cake$” added $250,000 in its third weekend for a total of $603,000.

Another Neon release, “Ingrid Goes West,” made $605,000 in its fourth weekend to bring its total to $2.4 million. A24’s “Good Time” has a total of $1.7 million after adding $312,000 from 635 screens. Finally, Amazon and Lionsgate put “The Big Sick,” the biggest indie film of the summer, back into 1,270 theaters this weekend and made $1.3 million, bringing the film’s total to $41.3 million.