Results usually range from good to strong, enhancing their awards profiles. This year, “The Fabelmans” (Universal) jumped from four theaters to 638 and grossed 2.2 million for three days (3.1 million for the five days), for a per-theater average just below 3,500. Only Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” (Neon) stood out among limited debuts.
It’s been mostly downhill for specialized films since the early October green shoots of “TÁR” (Focus), “Till” (United Artists), and “Triangle of Sadness” (Neon). Credit to Neon for capitalizing on very strong reviews (89 Metacritic) to boost “All the Beauty” and its detailed exposure of the opioid crisis and photographer Nan Goldin’s role in exposing its impact.