Mike Birbiglia‘s critical hit “Don’t Think Twice” played to sold-out showings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, ending the weekend with the highest per-screen average for its second consecutive week.
The film, distributed by The Film Arcade, ended the three-day frame with an estimated strong average of $30,084 per screen.
“Don’t Think Twice,” written, directed and starring Birbiglia, also features Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. It follows the ups and downs of an improv comedy troupe on a long-running sketch-comedy show and has a perfect 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
Its current total stands at $261,523, a week after setting the record for the year’s per-screen average on its opening.
On a per screen basis, “Don’t Think Twice” is expected to top new indies, including Roadside Attractions’ “Indignation” ($22,268 per screen), Sony Classics’ “Equity” ($20,182 per screen) and Open Road Films’ “Gleason” ($14,358 per screen) — all strong showings in their own right.
“Indignation,” which opened in four theaters, is a drama starring Logan Lerman as a working-class Jewish student in the early 1950s, who struggles with sexual repression during the Korean War.
“Equity,” now open in four theaters, is a Wall Street-set drama about a financial scandal; and “Gleason” is a documentary about NFL footballer Steve Gleason and his struggle with ALS. That film opened in nine theaters.
“IFC” drama “The Land” opened in four theaters to a per-screen average of $6,020. Starz Media documentary “Miss Sharon Jones” opened in one theater, grossing $12,000.
“Don’t Think Twice” expands into 15 new markets this coming Friday.