Believe it: PUMP beat ‘Maze Runner’ at the box office

Pump-marqueePUMP opened well in its opening weekend, ranking among the highest-grossing films in the country in the important category of per-screen average (PSA) gross receipts.

The full-length documentary played in three theaters (one in Los Angeles and two in New York City) from Friday through Sunday, but those theaters took in an average of $14,067, according to the website Box Office Mojo. That put PUMP fifth among all of the week’s releases, ahead of even the overall box-office champ, “The Maze Runner” ($9,021 PSA).

PUMP’s showing was a “very good start” for a documentary playing in just two cities, writes Tom Brueggemann on the Thompson on Hollywood blog:

The directors of the environment-related docs “Fuel” and “The Big Fish” combined with the distributor of “Chasing Ice” to launch what is initially a very good start in New York and Los Angeles. “Ice” got to an impressive (for a message doc) $1.3 million, and this looks like it might be off to some similar success.

PUMP is coming to more cities this week, including Boston and Salt Lake City. Southern Californians will have several more opportunities to catch it: It’s playing at the Crest in Westwood Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on the same days.

Visit PumpTheMovie.com for dates times, as well as the full list of cities so far. You can buy advance tickets as well.

Meantime, the early reviews of PUMP are in, and the best among them take the time to consider the impact of the message, not just the artistic value of directors.

Take this one from Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter:

“The shift from quiet how-we-got-here outrage to hope, in the form of hands-on specifics, torques Pump and gives it momentum. From a well-illustrated lecture, the movie turns into an advocacy manual, illuminating information that Big Oil would rather keep under wraps. Joining the talking-head policy wonks are entrepreneurs and citizen hackers who have devised real solutions to counter oil’s stranglehold.”

If word of mouth on PUMP keeps spreading, more theater managers will book the film. We want as many people to see it as possible so we can make our voices heard.

Visit PumpTheMovie.com to learn how you can help.

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