THE LAST FIVE YEARS Movie Tops iTunes Indie Film Chart in Opening Weekend

By: Feb. 17, 2015
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Film distributor RADiUS has announced that its new film, THE LAST FIVE YEARS starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan which opened Friday to great reviews, scored an impressive $14,014 per screen in limited release for a total theatrical weekend box office of $42,042. In addition to being released in theaters in NY and LA, THE LAST FIVE YEARS is also available on demand and on iTunes. The film ranked #1 for the weekend on the iTunes Independent Film chart and #8 overall. THE LAST FIVE YEARS will expand to several additional markets this weekend including San Francisco, Chicago, Portland and Miami among others.

Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown's stage musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS gets the big screen treatment in this dynamic new film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King) and starring Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Into the Woods, Pitch Perfect) and Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, "Smash").

The film is a musical deconstruction of a passionate, messy love affair-taking place over a five-year period-between Jamie, a young, talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist, and Cathy, a Shiksa Goddess and struggling actress. With its ingeniously-structured score, THE LAST FIVE YEARS follows Jamie's story from the start of the relationship through its bittersweet end, while at the same time telling Cathy's story in reverse, from the end to its gorgeously hopeful beginning. Almost entirely sung-through, Jamie and Cathy's stories eventually intersect in a dazzling, emotional duet, before building to a beautiful, heartbreaking finale.

According to RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego: "We are thrilled to bring Jason's beloved musical to fans across the country. Richard did a terrific job directing the screen version with outstanding performances by Anna and Jeremy, two pros at the top of their game. The demand was so high that we couldn't get it to audiences fast enough hence why the film is available everywhere - in theaters, on demand and on iTunes."

ABOUT RADiUS - RADiUS is the boutique label of the Weinstein Company (TWC) and the first studio division dedicated to both multi-platform VOD and theatrical distribution. Utilizing both traditional and digital media, RADiUS brings the highest quality films and other specialty entertainment to a wider audience than ever before. Founded and led by Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the label continues to develop innovative distribution strategies to make marquee content available to consumers where, when and how they want it. The label's inaugural slate included such films as BACHELORETTE (the first multi-platform film to hit #1 on iTunes and the only multi-platform release to ever reach #4 for top Cable VOD performers) and Cannes competition entry ONLY GOD FORGIVES directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas. Recent releases include: Morgan Neville's Oscar winner 20 FEET FROM STARDOM; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's LOVELACE; Zachary Heinzerling's Oscar nominated CUTIE AND THE BOXER (Sundance 2013 U.S. Documentary Directing Award), Jacob Kornbluth's INEQUALITY FOR ALL (Sundance 2013 U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award) and Keanu Reeves' directorial debut - MAN OF TAI CHI in which he also stars. In 2014, RADiUS' slate features (among others): Bong Joon Ho's runaway hit SNOWPIERCER, BLUE RUIN (winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), Errol Morris' THE Unknown KNOWN, FED UP from Laurie David and Katie Couric, THE ONE I LOVE starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass (Sundance), Alexandre Aja's HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe (Toronto), Berlin titles: EVERLY (Salma Hayek), WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, and ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST (Benicio Del Toro) as well as two time Tribeca Film Festival winner KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON and BEYOND THE BRICK: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY. The company is embarking on a CREEP trilogy alongside the Duplass brothers and Blumhouse Productions after the film's highly praised SXSW premiere and announced it had acquired SXSW Grand Jury prize winner THE GREAT INVISIBLE. RADiUS recently picked up Chris Evans' directorial debut BEFORE WE GO and Rose Byrne, Mark Duplass and Nick Kroll starrer ADULT BEGINNERS - all out of Toronto. Their Oscar nominated film CITIZENFOUR directed by Laura Poitras is currently in theaters.