While “The Lion King
” dominates the larger world of studio releases, A24’s “The Farewell
” is king of the indie jungle. Lulu Wang
’s acclaimed story of a granddaughter’s return to China for a special event expanded on its second weekend as impressively as an award-season prime-time contender. Commanding that response in July suggests a not only a huge interest in its subject, but a hunger from the arthouse audience for a film to support. None of this was guaranteed, or even likely, after nabbing major acclaim at Sundance.
Once again, a documentary leads the new films as “David Crosby
: Remember My Name” (Sony Pictures Classics
) topped seven non-fiction titles that add up to about half of the leading grosses among specialized releases.
David Crosby: Remember My Name (Sony Pictures Classics) – Metacritic: 81; Festivals include: Sundance, South by Southwest
, Seattle 2019
$41,050 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $10,263