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‘Waves’ Earns High Marks at Indie Box Office While ‘Parasite’ Nears $15 Million

Acclaimed family drama starring Sterling K. Brown took $112,000 from its Los Angeles/New York opening

The top screen average at the indie box office this week went to A24’s “Waves,” which opened on four screens in Los Angeles and New York, grossing $112,000 for a per screen average of $28,000.

“Waves” had gotten a boost from trailers attached to popular indie titles like “Parasite” and “The Lighthouse,” boosting awareness among prestige audiences and drawing attention to its critical acclaim.

Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, “Waves” stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Tyler, a high school wrestler whose promising future is shattered by a career ending injury, sending him on a downward spiral that tests his family’s bonds.

Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown also star in the film, which has a 91% Rotten Tomatoes score.

In its second weekend, “Honey Boy” was expanded by Amazon to 17 screens, grossing $210,617 for an average of $12,389 and a total of $584,713. Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit” expanded to 995 screens and grossed $2.8 million, bringing its total to $13.5 million after five weekends.

NEON’s “Parasite” is approaching the $15 million mark after grossing $1.9 million from 620 screens this weekend, and A24’s “The Lighthouse” is approaching $10 million after grossing $370,000 from 290 screens.