Celine Song’s Past Lives, distributed by A24, has grossed $232k across four screens earning over $58k per location. This marks a strong debut for Song as the film now stands as the second-biggest limited opening of the year so far. Past Lives, a love story that was a Sundance favorite, stars Greta Lee and Teo Yoo as childhood friends who reunite. The film scored high on Rotten Tomatoes (96% Certified Fresh with critics) and Metacritic (92 Must-See). According to A24, 18 shows sold out among the four opening theaters through Saturday, with strong exit polls. The movie will be released in top markets over the next few weeks, ahead of a nationwide expansion on June 3.
Event cinema: Fathom Events’ SUGA / Agust D TOUR ‘D-DAY’ in JAPAN: LIVE Viewing
Fathom Events’ SUGA / Agust D TOUR ‘D-DAY’ in JAPAN: LIVE Viewing by the BTS member and global pop icon grossed $1.247 million in 835 locations on Saturday only for a per-theater average of $1,493 and a no. 9 spot at the domestic box office. The concert was captured live from PIA Arena MM in Kanagawa, Japan, and brought to theaters later that day. SUGA released his first solo mixtape, Agust D, in 2016, followed by D-2 in 2020. His most recent solo album, D-DAY, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
BTS, currently on hiatus, has provided among the top-grossing moments ever in event cinema. In 2022, BTS Permission To Dance On Stage – Seoul: Live Viewing from Trafalgar and Hybe broke the global event cinema record with a gross of $6.84 million for North America and $32.6 million worldwide. BTS: Yet To Come – a film of the group’s last concert in October opened at no. 5 in North America in February (also with Trafalgar).
Other notable box office openings include Kandahar from Open Road/Briarcliff, which is projected to gross $765k on 1,737 screens after taking in $310k on Saturday. The R-rated Gerard Butler action film is performing better than expected. Capelight Pictures The Roundup: No Way Out, the third installment of the successful South Korean action franchise, earned a projected $200k at 41 locations. Directed by Sang-yong Lee, the film stars Don Lee, Lee Jun-hyuk, and Munetaka Aoki.
In terms of holdovers, A24’s You Hurt My Feelings by Nicole Holofcener with Julia Louis-Dreyfus grossed an estimated $769,814 in 912 theaters in week two, cracking the top ten again (at no. 10). Domestic cume through Sunday is passing $3 million.
Neon’s Sanctuary jumped to 215 locations to 225 for an estimated gross of $183k and domestic cume through Sunday of $337,351.