‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Lighthouse’ Fuel Biggest Indie Box Office Weekend of 2019

  • The Wrap
After a summer that sometimes left observers worried about the state of the indie box office, this weekend saw not one, not two, but three films earn per screen averages of over $30,000 in the biggest specialty weekend of 2019.

The top average of the weekend went to Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit,” which opened on five screens in Los Angeles and New York and grossed an estimated $350,000 for an average of $70,000. That total is higher than the three weekend total of Searchlight’s last release, “Lucy in the Sky,” which grossed $59,000 this weekend for a total of $274,000.

“Jojo Rabbit” wasn’t the most critically acclaimed film out of the Toronto International Film Festival — it has a 77% Rotten Tomatoes score — but it won the festival’s coveted audience award. Fox Searchlight distribution chief Frank Rodriguez told TheWrap that audience and exhibitor response to the film has been strong, and noted that director
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