‘Poor Things’ Posts Awards Season’s Best Limited Release With $72,000 Average

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Ava DuVernay’s “Origin” also scores a strong $58,500 average on a busy weekend for the specialty box office

Emma Stone in the Poor Things movie poster
Searchlight Pictures

With no new wide releases coming from Hollywood, this weekend’s box office was a chance for the specialty market to shine. While two Japanese films hit the top 3 on the weekend charts for the first time ever, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” and Ava DuVernay’s “Origin” stood out in limited release.

“Poor Things” was released in nine theaters by Searchlight Pictures this weekend and grossed $644,000 for a per theater average of $72,000. That’s the highest average of this awards season and the third highest this year behind only Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City” in June ($142,000) and Ari Aster’s “Beau Is Afraid” in April ($80,000).


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