Indian Romance Drama ‘OK Jaanu’ Leads Indie Newcomers at MLK Weekend Box Office

J.K. Simmons’ “Worlds Apart” and ballet drama “Reset” also opened, with “20th Century Women” and “Paterson” having strong third weekends

India’s romance drama “OK Jaanu” lead the indie newcomers on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, grossing $244,000 from 121 locations in its first weekend at the box office.

Directed by Shaad Ali, the film stars Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles of a young couple living together in Mumbai while trying to pursue their lifelong dreams.

Other independent films that opened this weekend include Greece’s “Worlds Apart” and France’s “Reset.”

“Worlds Apart” stars J.K. Simmons, Christoforos Papakaliatis and Andrea Osvart and grossed $14,000 in its first weekend in North America. The romantic drama premiered on Dec. 17, 2015 in Greece but first screened in the United States on Oct. 21, 2016. “Worlds Apart” played in one theater, so $14,000 per theater average is solid.

FilmRise’s documentary “Reset” earned $2,088 domestically from two theaters after earning $68,887 in France since its release on Sept. 7. The film centers on dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the man best known behind the ballet of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” The film made its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last year.

This also marks the third weekend of awards contender “20th Century Women” starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig. Over the four-day holiday, it grossed another $307,571, up 136 percent from last weekend. Cumulatively, the A24 comedy drama has earned $751,219 to date.

It’s also Adam Driver’s “Paterson” third weekend at the box office, grossing another $95,287, accounting for a 33.4 percent increase from the previous weekend. All in all, the Bleecker Street drama has earned $355,889 domestically.