‘Hell or High Water’ Reaches High-Water Mark in Limited Debut

Western heist indie starring Jeff Bridges has highest per-screen average of the weekend

On the same weekend “Sausage Party” broke records and “Suicide Squad” made the most money at the domestic box office, a Western heist indie starring Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger is the weekend’s top performer.

Averaging an estimated $18,500 per screen, CBS Films and Lionsgate’s “Hell or High Water” came in on top, beating “Sausage Party,” which had the second-highest per-screen average of $10,828.

Of course the crime drama, also starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster, opened in only 32 theaters.

Centered on a divorced father and his ex-con brother, “Hell or High Water” covers their desperate scheme to save the family farm.

The film grossed an estimated total of $592,000, clearly benefiting from a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score of 99 percent.

Bleecker Street’s World War II drama “Anthropoid,” starring Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones and Cillian Murphy, opened to more than $1.2 million from 452 theaters, with a per-screen average of $2,684.

Thriller “Disorder” from IFC Films made $6,000 per screen from two locations, amounting to a $12,000 box office total. It also debuted this weekend on VOD.

The Orchard debuted the comedy “Ghost Team,” starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Justin Long and Amy Sedaris. It made only $9,205 from ten locations.

The 26 Aries documentary “The Lost Arcade” made $7,500 from one location.

Meanwhile, the critically acclaimed dramedy from The Film Arcade, “Don’t Think Twice,” made a solid estimated $367,500 in its fourth weekend as it expanded into 70 theaters. Written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, who also stars, the domestic total for the film is now more than $1.2 million.

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