Focus Features Distribution Chief On ‘The Card Counter,’ ‘The Alpinist’ Draws Climbing Fans, “Little Crocus Shoots” Of Arthouse Recovery Visible – Specialty Box Office

Focus Features Distribution Chief On ‘The Card Counter,’ ‘The Alpinist’ Draws Climbing Fans, “Little Crocus Shoots” Of Arthouse Recovery Visible – Specialty Box Office
Focus Features landed another specialty success with The Card Counter, Paul Schrader’s biggest directorial opening in over 30 years since 1987’s Light of Day and with a likely No. 8 ranking at the North American box office this weekend.

The film – starring Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan and Willem Dafoe — ran in 580 theatres in 119 DMAs for a three-day estimate of $1.1 million and a per theatre average of $1,890. It’s 86% Certified Fresh after festival premieres in Venice and Telluride.

That’s the second-highest specialty opening of the year after documentary Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, also from Focus, which opened at nearly $2 million in 927 theaters (and finaled at $5.2 million). The distributor’s Matt Damon-starrer Stillwater has also had a strong run.

Like most Focus releases, The Card Counter has a 17-day exclusive theatrical window. President of distribution Lisa Bunnell told Deadline that’s key. So is marketing a title
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