Successful opening: ‘Columbus’ gets bragging rights in New York, Los Angeles

The small, independent “Columbus” film opened at one theater in New York and one in Los Angeles — and averaged more than $14,000 per theater, according to Box Office Mojo, a website which tracks movie revenue.

That’s more than twice the per-venue figure for the weekend’s top-grossing flick, “The Dark Tower,” which averaged $5,651 when it was shown in 3,451 theaters.

The “Columbus” movie will open Sept. 1 in Columbus at YES Cinema, when director Kogonada is scheduled to speak. More than 1,600 ticket to “Columbus” already have been purchased, with three of the eight opening-day showings sold out. Tickets can be ordered online at

Two weeks after the movie director appears in Columbus, Kogonada will speak at a “Columbus” showing in Bloomington. That will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Indiana University Cinema, 1213 E. 7th St..

Tickets are $4 for IU Bloomington students and $7 for other people. Information for the Bloomington showing: 812-856-2463 or the Facebook page for Indiana University Cinema.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.