‘Hotel Mumbai’ Earns Solid Opening at Indie Box Office

Bleecker Street thriller starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer opens, as “Gloria Bell” expands nationwide

Last Updated: March 25, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

While Jordan Peele’s “Us” had the new release slat mostly to itself this weekend, the limited release front did see the release of Bleecker Street’s “Hotel Mumbai,” the true story thriller about the 2008 attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

Released on four screens in New York and Los Angeles, the film grossed $86,492 for a solid per screen average of $21,623, the best average for any release this weekend. Directed by Anthony Maras and starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the movie was filmed two years ago and was originally set to be released by The Weinstein Company, but was picked up by Bleecker Street after TWC declared bankruptcy. It has a 73 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also releasing this weekend was “Sunset,” László Nemes’ follow-up to his 2016 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “Son of Saul.” Released on three screens by Sony Pictures Classics, the film grossed $15,000. Reviews were far more mixed for “Sunset” than “Son of Saul,” receiving a 54 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Among holdovers, the film with last weekend’s top per screen average, Focus Features’ “The Mustang,” expanded to 38 screens and grossed $228,000, bringing its total to $322,000 with a weekend PSA.

Fox Searchlight’s “The Aftermath,” which had a muted opening last weekend, expanded to 26 screens in its second weekend and grossed $123,000 for an average of $4,731 and a total of $203,254.

Finally, A24’s “Gloria Bell” is showing strong word-of-mouth among female audiences, as it expanded nationwide to 654 screens. The Sebastian Lelio/Julianne Moore film grossed $1.8 million, bringing its total to just under $2.5 million.