Robert Pattinson in Allen Coulter's Remember Me (top); Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart in Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways (upper middle); Anthony Hopkins (right) in James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination (lower middle); Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil in Juan José Campanella's The Secret in Their Eyes (bottom)
Among the films currently in limited distribution, one of the surprises this weekend has been the minor resurgence of Robert Pattinson's romantic drama Remember Me, which jumped nearly 17 percent after adding 42 theaters in North America.
As per Box Office Mojo, Remember Me grossed $80K at 402 sites on its seventh weekend out, averaging $392 per theater (last weekend, in fewer theaters, it was $436). To date, the $16 million production has grossed $18.93 million domestically and approximately $50 million worldwide.
More good news:
The Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, starring Ricardo Darin, jumped 121.6 percent after adding 20 theaters. At 33 sites, the Argentinean drama earned $372K, with a solid $11,273 average. Total after ten days: $605K.
Not so good news:
James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, starring Anthony Hopkins, jumped 178 percent after adding 21 theaters (it was playing at only one location last week). But it grossed only $68K, averaging a poor $3,091 for a movie playing in so few theaters.
The Kristen Stewart-Dakota Fanning vehicle The Runaways dropped 52 percent after shedding 73 screens. The rock biopic grossed $145K ($853 average), for a cume of $3.26 million.
Also of note: Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer ($486K; total: $13.97m); Hubble 3D ($416K; total: $3.94m); Demi Moore's The Joneses ($294K; total: $989K); Julianna Margulies' City Island ($285K; total: $1.21m); and Letters to God ($250K; total: $2.45m).
Also: Ben Stiller's Greenberg ($189K; total: $3.69 million); Banksy's Exit Through the Giftshop ($149K; total: $391K); Benjamin Bratt's La Mission ($100K; total: $359K); Julianne Moore's Chloe ($80K; total: $3.76m); and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet ($64K; $1.9m).
Among the 40 or so movies listed on the Box Office Mojo chart, Exit Through the Giftshop had the highest per-theater average: $13,545.
Photos: The Secret in Their Eyes (Maria Antolini; Sony Pictures Classics); The City of Your Final Destination (Screen Media); The Runaways (Apparition); Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Remember Me
Robert Pattinson's Remember Me, the $16 million production referred to by some (those who have trouble with the Pattinson/Twilight phenomenon) as a “box office flop,” has grossed about $50 million worldwide.
According to figures provided by Box Office Mojo, Remember Me has taken in $18.852 million (as of Apr. 22) in the United States/Canada and more than $30.09 million overseas.
I say “more than” because Box Office Mojo's chart for Remember Me hasn't been updated for several markets, including key ones such as Australia (Mar. 28), Italy (Apr 4), The Netherlands (Apr 11), and Russia (Apr 4). Also, the most recent data available overall is from April 18, or a week ago. (Box Office Mojo hasn't updated their international total – shown on top – for the movie since April 11.)
By now, Pattinson's Remember Me has undoubtedly already crossed the $50 million mark worldwide. And it still hasn't opened in foreign territories such as Japan, China, and South Korea.
Outside the U.S. and Canada, Remember Me's top markets are: the UK ($5.168 million), Russia/CSI ($3.396 million), Germany ($3.019 million), France ($2.848 million), Italy ($2.358 million), Spain ($2.319 million), Brazil ($1.893 million), and Australia ($1.216m).
By now, Pattinson's first tryout as an “actor-executive producer” has probably crossed the $1 million mark in Belgium/Luxemburg ($988K, Apr 18), and perhaps in Mexico ($916K, Apr. 18) as well.
Directed by Allen Coulter, Remember Me stars Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, a rebellious young man at odds with his wealthy father (Pierce Brosnan). Also in the cast: Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Ruby Jerins. Will Fetters wrote the screenplay.
Photo: Remember Me (Myles Aronowitz / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan interview about Remember Me, with Dutch subtitles. The five-minute clip was broadcast in March, but it's quite interesting and well worth a look.
Initially, Brosnan explains that his character “is a bit of a prick,” but has “feelings” after all – as is shown later in the film.
Pattinson, for his part, tries to put into words his approach to the character of Tyler, the rebellious young man at odds with his distant father (Brosnan). He particularly emphasizes the sense of “hysteria” Tyler feels when he finally gets to let it all out.
Others interviewed are director Allen Coulter and co-star Chris Cooper, who plays leading lady Emilie de Ravin's tough-cop father. Cooper surely sees the film's ending in a totally different way than many critics, calling it “a sort of love letter to New York.”
In Pattinson's view, the ending “does overshadow everything, and it gives a different significance to every single moment in the movie. And I think that's why it makes it a different type of movie.”
Among the Remember Me scenes shown on the clip are a family scene in which Brosnan's patriarch tries to subtly assert his patriarchal authority, and the confrontation scene between father and son in front of some very embarrassed businesspeople.
Remember Me was written by Will Fetters. Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, and Tate Ellington are also in the cast.