Wonder Wheel has earned $140,555 in five theatres. The PTA (per theatre average) was $28,111.
This puts it as technically the worse performing opening weekend for Allen in the last decade (since 2004’s Melinda And Melinda). However, many of those opening weekends had more theatres. Wonder Wheel is ahead of 2015’s Irrational Man, 2010’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and 2007’s Cassandra’s Dream. But it is less than half of last year’s Café Society.
The box office is no doubt affected by the December release date. Allen’s last decade of films usually open in the summer, countering the CGI blockbusters. This year, it is up against a big week of specialty releases – The Disaster Artist, The Shape Of Water and Call Me By Your Name are all competing. Oddly, Wonder Wheel also faces competition from another Kate Winslet film, a 20th Anniversary re-release of Titanic.
In the US, Wonder Wheel will be looking to better Irrational Man’s $4.0m, and 2009’s Whatever Work’s $5.3m.
What we don’t know is how the December release will affect Allen’s all important international box office. Again, it would be looking to beat Irrational Man’s $27.4m, and aim for Whatever Work’s $35.1m.
Wonder Wheel opens in more US cities in the next few weeks. Find all the international release dates here.