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‘Eighth Grade’ Scores as ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Breaks Out at Specialty Box Office

‘Eighth Grade’ Scores as ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Breaks Out at Specialty Box Office

Narrative live action has struggled at the 2018 specialty box office; so far the top titles are either animated or documentary. But that has suddenly changed. “Eighth Grade” (A24) had a sensational two-city initial response. And “Sorry to Bother You” (Annapurna) expanded rapidly with continued strong results. Meantime serious drama “Leave No Trace” (Bleecker Street) successfully added more theaters to bring the indie count to three non-documentary hits.

Not that documentaries have peaked. “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon) is also breaking through to a wider public.

Yes, there were several major successes, but this summer lineup offered narrow appeal, leaving out more sophisticated fare. It’s too soon to celebrate. But after a worrisome first half of the year, summer brings upbeat news.

Opening

Eighth Grade (A24) – Metacritic: 90; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest 2018

$252,284 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $63,071

Top level reviews (at the level of “The Rider” and “First Reformed

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