Imax Doc ‘The Blue Angels’ Soars, ‘I Saw The TV Glow’ Shows Broad Appeal, Nice Open For ‘Babes’ In Upbeat Indie Weekend – Specialty Box Office

MGM/Imax’s The Blue Angels lands a hefty $1.3 million on just 255 domestic Imax screens from limited showtimes in the large format exhibitor’s exclusive theatrical engagement. The Paul Crowder film, with Glen Powell and Bad Robot as producers, follows the Navy’s famed demonstration flying squadron. It also “ushers in a new era for IMAX Documentaries, or Docu-busters,” the company said. It’s no. 9 at the domestic box office

It’s got a weeklong run before hitting Prime Video. The feature-length version for Imax multiplex locations will be followed later by a 45-minute, traditional Imax documentary version for Imax institutional locations.

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I Saw The TV Glow from A24 had an impressive expansion, grossing $1+ million on just 469 screens. The Jane Shoenbrun (We’re All Going To The World’s Fair) coming of age sci-fi stars Justice Smith and Bridgette Lundy-Paine as queer teenagers navigating life in the 1990s suburbs. The film has been strong since opening three weeks ago, drawing a passionate fan base that’s quite young and been strongly LGBTQ+ but is clearly crossing over to a broader audience. Deadline hears that’s happening in NY, LA and San Francisco. It also performed well in Denver, Raleigh, Nashville, Toronto and San Antonio.

Pamela Adlon’s feature directorial debut Babes, from Neon, staring Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau had a strong opening weekend, grossing $171.3k on only 12 screens, for a per screen average of $14.7k. Will continue to expand. The comedy takes on tropes of childbirth and motherhood, following female best friends who travel very different life paths until the free-spirit of the two gets pregnant from a one-night stand and keeps the baby.

And, its third week,, Ryusuke Yamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist from Sideshow/Janus Films took in a nice $128.5k on 103 screens for a new cume of $351.4k. The film follows the controversy that follows when developers invade a bucolic hamlet outside Tokyo will continue its expansion next weekend in an additional 50 markets.

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