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‘The Front Runner’ Falls Behind at Indie Box Office

Midweek release doesn’t do much to improve numbers for Hugh Jackman political thriller

Despite a Tuesday release to coincide with the midterm election, Sony’s “The Front Runner” isn’t performing like an awards contender at the indie box office, making just an estimated $56,000 from its four-screen opening this weekend and a six-day gross of $76,000.

Directed by Jason Reitman, “The Front Runner” stars Hugh Jackman as Senator Gary Hart, the man who was considered the Democrat frontrunner for the 1988 presidential election before his candidacy and political career was torpedoed by reports of an extramarital affair. The film has received mixed-to-positive reviews with a 62 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Aside from “The Front Runner,” the indie box office belonged to holdovers. Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” starring Melissa McCarthy sits 12th among all films with $1.47 million from 391 screens, pushing its total to $3.6 million after four weekends. Amazon’s “Beautiful Boy” expanded to 776 screens and added $1.4 million for a $5.1 million total after five weekends.

In its seventh weekend, National Geographic’s “Free Solo” added $775,000 to bring its total to $8.1 million. Focus’ “Boy Erased” added $725,000 from 77 screens for a total of just under $1 million after two weekends. Fox Searchlight’s “The Old Man & the Gun” passed the $10 million mark after seven weekends with $470,000 grossed this frame.

Finally, Amazon’s “Suspiria” is tailing off with $326,250 grossed in its third weekend from 261 screens, for a total of $1.9 million. And in its eighth weekend, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Colette” grossed $83,000 to draw near the $5 million mark.