June 16th, 2014 / 3 Comments

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Overall it seems like a positive result in the US considering it’s limited release:


Specialties generally had a blasé weekend with newcomers mostly flat at best. A24 … continued its roll this weekend with The Rover, though with more modest results. The crime drama set in the Australian Outback starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson an d Scoot McNairy was nevertheless the weekend’s PTA-topper, grossing $70K in five New York and L.A. theaters, averaging a strong $14K per theater. A24 noted Sunday that the film “received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson’s breakthrough performance, and his fans responded, as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women.” The Rover, directed by David Michôd, will expand nationwide next weekend.”

The Wrap:

“The Rover,” starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, recorded the best opening at the specialty box office this weekend.

The A24 drama, set in the lawless Australian outback 10 years in the future, took in $70,000 from five theaters for a $14,000 per-screen average.

“The film received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson‘s breakthrough performance, and his fans responded as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women,” A24 said.

David Michod (“Animal Kingdom”) wrote and directed “The Rover,” which will expand next weekend.


“Here’s a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw A24 find both the best opener and best holdover with David Michod’s “The Rover” and Gillian Robespierre’s “Obvious Child” both having very strong weekends.

Debut Winner of the Weekend: “The Rover.” A24 saw strong (though not spectacular) numbers from David Michod’s follow-up to “Animal Kingdom,” “The Rover.” Coming off a Cannes debut last month, the film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place in a lawless Australian outback 10 years after a global economic collapse. The film took in $70,000 from 5 theaters for a $14,000 average — certainly the best among the weekend’s debuts, though how it does as it expands in the coming weeks will be the true test. 

“The film received strong reviews, particularly for Robert Pattinson’s breakthrough performance, and his fans responded as the audience breakdown was close to a 50-50 split between men and women,” A24 said.

Though notably, it’s actually a bit lower than the $23,446 Robert Pattinson’s last attempt at indie cred — David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” — averaged last summer. That film ended up not even grossing $1 million. However, “The Rover” likely has a lot more mass appeal than “Cosmopolis.” 

1. The Rover (A24)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $70,000
Theaters: 5
Per-Theater-Average: $14,000
Total Gross: $70,000
Criticwire Average: B”

And according to Debbie Downer aka the TheHollywood Reporter:

“Robert Pattinson’s much-publicized gritty indie dramaThe Rover, directed by Australian David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and co-starring Guy Pearce, opened to troubled numbers at the specialty box office, grossing $70,000 from five locations in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $14,000. The Rover, distributed by A24 Films in the U.S., made its world premiere last month at the Cannes Film Festival.”

“Troubled numbers” in 5 locations?  It’s been out for 3 days.

Also whilst I’m here, Box Office Mojo has current earnings in France as $204,750


It opened in 41 cinemas with an average of $3,488 per cinema for a total of $159,845.  I think that’s pretty good.  To compare Cosmopolis opened  in 34 cinemas with a total of $92,556 as we reported here and Animal Kingdom opened in 2010 in 40 cinemas with a total of $95,280 (BOMO).  Looking forward to monitoring the results.

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  • Ephie
    Posted on June 16, 2014

    First of all, Maria thank you for this gif – it’s absolutely awesome, I can watch it for hours (I think I have actually).
    The results look mighty good too. I love the fact that it had the best opening at the specialty box office. And wow, it took more than Animal Kingdom on opening weekend! That’s awesome too IMO.

  • Sydney RobFan
    Posted on June 16, 2014

    Yay for good box office. I know I am planning to see a The a Rover again on Friday. I hope more people will see it too, maybe they will open it in more cinemas if it continues to have patronage like this. (Hmmm is that the right word to use?)

  • Carmel
    Posted on June 17, 2014

    @Maria – I love you for providing us this information. Thank you so much. $70K from 5 locations is pretty reasonable, I would think. This is a movie with legs too. I’m sure of it.

    mmmm If that gif was only shown at the cinema it could pull some good numbers too. Just sayn’

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