Neon’s Horror Flick ‘In The Earth’ Strongest New Performer At Specialty Box Office; Academy Award Holdovers Make Meager Gains Heading Toward Oscars

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This week Neon released its COVID-inspired horror film Down in the soil, Directed by Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List). Written over 15 days last August, the film follows a scientist and park scout amid a pandemic. Your journey into a forest will be jeopardized if the environment in front of you changes.

The Earth opened 575 runs in 128 markets over a 21-day window. Despite its lackluster 40% audience rating on RT, Earth performed strongly at the specialty box office, especially considering these times, bringing in $ 506,000 over the weekend.

Gunda was also another notable neon debut. Directed by Russian documentary filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky, the film follows the daily life of a pig, two cows and a one-legged chicken. Gunda is shot in black and white and offers no dialogue. Joaquin Phoenix is ​​recognized as executive producer.

Despite only completing five runs in three markets, Gunda hit the highest average per screen this week of about a grand per screen, a solid achievement for a non-conventional documentary. The animal documentary received rave reviews (98% on RT). Director Paul Thomas Anderson called him “what we should all strive for as filmmakers and audiences”.

All of the Oscar nominated holdovers had decent weekends ahead of next week’s Oscar Sunday. The father passed the $ 1.5 million mark and both Threatening and Promising young woman gross at least $ 100,000. If the latter two films win an award, Minari and Promising Young Woman can cross the $ 3 million and $ 7 million thresholds, respectively.