James Toback’s “Tyson” posted a middleweight per-screen average of $7,817 as the documentary grossed an estimated $85,982 opening in 11 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired “Tyson” after the film screened in Cannes last year and then played at Sundance. The critically acclaimed docu examines the life of Mike Tyson, who appears throughout.
Ensemble 1980s period piece “The Informers” struggled in its opening, grossing an estimated $315,000 from 482 theaters for a per-screen average of $654. Senator is distributing the film, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder and Kim Basinger and was written by Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki.
Documentary “Nursery University” — about getting kids into preschool in Manhattan — opened in one theater in New York, grossing an estimated $13,100. That gave the film the highest per-location average of the sesh.
Music Box Films’ “Il Divo,” about Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, posted an estimated per-screen average of $6,900 in its debut, grossing $13,800 from two theaters.
Oscilloscope’s docu “The Garden,” about a Los Angeles community garden in whose future is threatened, grossed an estimated $4,800 from one theater in L.A.
Among specialty holdovers, SPC’s “Every Little Step,” also a docu, grossed an estimated $50,239 as it expanded into eight theaters for a per-location average of $6,280 and a cume of $154,000 in its second weekend.
Overture Films’ “Sunshine Cleaning” grossed an estimated $616,000 in its fifth weekend for a cume of $9.8 million, the top gross of the year for a specialty film.