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‘Blindspotting’ Rides Younger Audience Specialty Box Office Surge

‘Blindspotting’ Rides Younger Audience Specialty Box Office Surge

2018 brings a strange summer full of unexpected surprises, revealing an evolving specialized world that shows resilience beyond the mixed results earlier this year. The box office surge continues with documentaries and narratives with wide appeal not so much to the usual older crowd but more diverse, younger audiences.

Sundance breakout “Blindspotting” (Lionsgate) lead the way this weekend, coming quickly after another Sundance hit from Oakland, “Sorry to Bother You” (Annapurna). And multiple new documentaries, led by fashion biodioc “McQueen” (Bleecker Street), showed strong early interest.

Meantime, “Eighth Grade” (A24) enjoyed an excellent second weekend expansion, while widening “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon) is following the season’s other documentary smashes to higher than expected levels.

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Blindspotting (Lionsgate) – Metacritic: 73; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest 2018

$332,500 in 14 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $23,750

With “Sorry to Bother You” already a success, another filmmaker out of the Oakland film community that produced Ryan Coogler

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