‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Grows Modest Opening at Indie Box Office

Fox Searchlight also gets a start under Disney with “Tolkien”

Now that “Avengers: Endgame” is slowly releasing its grip on the movie theater landscape, the indie box office scene is creeping back to life with the release of “The Biggest Little Farm,” an acclaimed documentary from Telluride released by NEON.

Opening on five screens, the doc earned $101,012 for a solid per screen average of $20,202. The film follows director John Chester and his wife, Molly, who decide to start a farm in Ventura County after being evicted from their Los Angeles apartment. Over eight years, the couple’s idealism is tested, as they try to revive the nutrient-depleted, drought-stricken land into a sustainable farm in harmony with nature. It has received strong reviews with a 94% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Also releasing this week is the biopic “Tolkien,” the first film released by Fox Searchlight under ownership of Disney. With tepid reviews giving the film a 49% Rotten Tomatoes score, Searchlight decided to skip a limited platform release and released wide on 1,495 screens. The result was a disappointing $2.1 million opening.

Also releasing this week is Sony Pictures Classics’ “All Is True,” a drama directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh as William Shakespeare in the final days of his life. Released on four screens, the film grossed $43,428 for an average of $10,857. Also starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, the film has a 73% Rotten Tomatoes score.