‘The Farewell’ Is King of the Indies as ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ Rides Documentary Box Office Surge

‘The Farewell’ Is King of the Indies as ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ Rides Documentary Box Office Surge
While “The Lion King” dominates the larger world of studio releases, A24’s “The Farewell” is king of the indie jungle. Lulu Wang’s acclaimed story of a granddaughter’s return to China for a special event expanded on its second weekend as impressively as an award-season prime-time contender. Commanding that response in July suggests a not only a huge interest in its subject, but a hunger from the arthouse audience for a film to support. None of this was guaranteed, or even likely, after nabbing major acclaim at Sundance.

Once again, a documentary leads the new films as “David Crosby: Remember My Name” (Sony Pictures Classics) topped seven non-fiction titles that add up to about half of the leading grosses among specialized releases.

Opening

David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics) – Metacritic: 81; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest, Seattle 2019

$41,050 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,263

With
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