New openers An Inconvenient Sequel and Final Portrait did similar business with us exceeding national screen averages but not exceeding my expectations. Certainly I thought An Inconvenient Sequel would fare better in Bristol but perhaps a summer release was not the best time and also the film doesn’t have the same ground breaking (although still as urgent) immediacy of An Inconvenient Truth. And I had hoped that the Giacometti show at the Tate combined with Geoffrey Rush star persona would have led to more take up on Final Portrait but again August is a funny old month for cinema going (unless you are showing Dunkirk that is!). The Odyssey didn’t really get going on its travels - Jacques Cousteau was served better by Bill Murray than Lambert Wilson.
What was pleasing though was a strong showing for The Big Sick on very limited shows over the weekend. I had kept it on for the weekend only but based on its performance have brought it back from this Friday for another full (5th) week. And A Ghost Story continues its singular journey with divided but intrigued audience responses.