The big screen debut of Marcel the shell with shoes opened to $170,000 on six screens in New York and Los Angeles, the weekend’s highest PSA of $28,267 for the iconic lone snail voiced by Jenny Slate.
The fictional documentary about the adorable anthropomorphic mollusc comes from distributor A24, a distributor who manages to pay as often as possible, and is based on the popular YouTube series and an illustrated children’s book.
“You need at least 20 seashells to have a community,” Marcel explains in the film. “My cousin fell asleep in a pocket and that’s why I don’t like the saying ‘everything goes in the wash’; Because sometimes it’s not. ” He likes 60 minutes “Because Leslie Stahl is absolutely fearless.” It’s a combination of stop-motion and traditional animation and live action starring Slate, Isabella Rossellini, Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mann and Stahl.
Once part of a sprawling seashell community, Marcel and his grandmother now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. When a documentary filmmaker discovers them in the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he uploads brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented danger and new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family. .
Dean Fleischer-Camp and Slate’s film (100% with critics, 91% with audiences on Rotten Tomatoes) spans five other major markets: Austin, San Francisco. Chicago, Washington, DC and Boston – next weekend and will be in the top ten on July 8 with a slow platform rollout throughout the summer.
marcel grossed $169,606 (Friday – $82,188; Saturday – $47,253; Sunday – $40,165).
Also in specialty: Open neon Baby starting at $5,428 at three locations in New York and Los Angeles for a PTA of $1,809. This is Rebeca “Beba” Huntt’s self-reflection on her upbringing in New York and the enduring generational trauma.
Gourmet Feed from IFC Midnight opened in 19 locations at $5,000 for a PTA of $263. Writer-director Peter Strickland’s quirky feature Berlin Film Festival Encounters follows a collective of fictional food performances.
(IFC Films’ Official competition with Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz grossed approximately $50,250 from 26 screens in week two, down from four for a per-theatre average of $1,932 and sum of $92,690.)
Utopia Facing Nolan, the documentary about Major League Baseball and Texas icon Nolan Ryan that premiered at SXSW and Texas Rangers Stadium ahead of a national one-night-only special event in May with Fathom (which grossed 320,000 $). Utopia released it to 69 screens on Friday, mostly across Texas, with support from AMC, Regal, Studio Movie Grill, LOOK and other exhibitors, grossing an additional $40,000 for a cumulative gross of $366,000. nowadays. The film will hit more screens next week before a PVOD release on July 19.
There are a few large-scale crushes at the box office this weekend, including Top Gun: Maverick which exceeded $1 billion, and Elvis and The black phone strong. The good news for the Specialty is that the first two movies draw the older demos that are essential for arthouses.
JugJugg Jeeyo, a Hindi family comedy-drama directed by Moviegoers Entertainment’s Raj Mehta, grossed around $725,000 from 318 theaters – at no. 7 at the North American box office.