‘The Florida Project’ Scores at Specialty Box Office as ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Soars

Never count out Dame Judi Dench's drawing power as "Battle of the Sexes" and other fall contenders fade away against intense fall competition.

Fresh off the New York Film Festival, Sean Baker’s acclaimed “The Florida Project” (A24) sprinted ahead of the over-crowded fall specialty pack, as some 35 titles launched in limited runs this weekend. Backed by some of the best reviews of the year, the Cannes pickup marks Baker’s breakout following succès d’estime “Tangerine.”