Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

There were a few weeks there when the specialties shined compared to their studio brethren — overall box office slumped, but newcomers like The Master and Arbitrage impressed. Well, the final weekend of September saw limited-release titles lack the star-power of those earlier releases, and this frame as a result can best be described as ho-hum for the indies. The documentary The Other Dream Team scored the best overall numbers with a solid $11K-plus screen average. Fellow docu The Waiting Room averaged just $2,444, while Hong Kong feature Vulgaria managed a shy $2,250.

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Last week’s big specialty opener, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, provided the zest in the specialty realm. Summit took the film to 102 theaters from its initial four-location run, and it did superbly with an $11,150 average and a weekend gross just shy of $1.4 million. The title placed 13th in the overall box office and will likely head into the top 10 next week.

Distribution newcomer The Film Arcade can give a shout-out to its first-ever release The Other Dream Team. The new company went “old school” in its release of the Lithuanian docu it picked up out of Sundance this year, taking it only to theaters and, for now at least, holding off on VOD and other on-demand platforms that have become de rigueur. “We want to do proper theatrical [release], and are not doing day-and-date,” TFA’s Miranda Bailey said. “We want to take ‘harder indie releases’ and take them out into theaters. We absolutely believe that this film had to go theatrical.” The company plans to take Dream Team to additional markets slowly.

Related: Specialty Preview: ‘The Other Dream Team’, ‘Vulgaria’, ‘The Waiting Room’

China Lion’s Vulgaria did not offer up the box office power it did in its native Hong Kong, where it is the highest-grossing Chinese-language title of the year. This weekend, the film grossed only $36K in 16 locations. ”We’re focusing our marketing efforts on our core audiences — both Mandarin and Cantonese — but see this as a film that will cross over to Western audiences, as early reviews have been extremely positive,” a China Lion spokesperson said this week.

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--Can Hollywood be any staler? --more played out? --Answer -----YESSSS!
Scot
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WALLFLOWER is pretty wonderful. Hadn't read the book (though my 14-year-old treasured it) so I didnt know...
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Loved Perks Of Being A Wallflower, it was incredibly true to the book hope it keeps doing...

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The Other Dream Team (The Film Arcade) Weekend $22,714, Average $11,357

Vulgaria (China Lion) NEW [16 Theaters] Weekend $36K, Average $2,250

The Waiting Room (International Film Circuit) Weekend $9,778, Average $2,444, Cume $13,340 (Includes national preview screenings)

RETURNING/2ND WEEKEND

Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 2 [3 Theaters] Weekend $3,954, Average $1,318

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 2 [14 Theaters] Weekend $95,200, Average $6,800, Cume $198,045

How To Survive A Plague (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $17,600, Average $2,200, Cume $58K

My Uncle Rafael (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $40,318, Average $8,064, Cume $177,364

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 2 [102 Theaters] Weekend $1,137,300, Average $11,150, Cume $1,462,139

HOLDOVERS/3RD WEEKEND

10 Years (Anchor Bay) Week 3 [63 Theaters] Weekend $41,657, Average $661, Cume $179,970

Arbitrage (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 3 [256 Theaters] Weekend $923K, Average $3,600, Cume $5,163,579

Last Ounce Of Courage (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 3 [297 Theaters] Weekend $146,086, Average $492, Cume $3,190,173

Liberal Arts (IFC Films) Week 3 [31 Theaters] Weekend $49,600, Average $1,600, Cume $159,600

The Master (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [856 Theaters] Weekend $2,745,000 , Average $3,207, Cume $9.633,070

Hello I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 4 [11 Theaters] Weekend $9.945, Average $2,562, Cume $84,990

For A Good Time, Call… (Focus Features) Week 5 [84 Theaters] Weekend $52,123, Average $621, Cume $1,210,910

Lawless (The Weinstein Company) Week 5 [1,503 Theaters] Weekend $861K, Average $573, Cume $36,270,640

Samsara (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 6 [60 Theaters] Weekend $153,695, Average $2,562, Cume $1,400,317

Sleepwalk With Me (IFC Films) Week 6 [127 Theaters] Weekend $165,100, Average $1,300, Cume $1,890,100

Robot & Frank (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 7 [111 Theaters] Weekend $111K, Average $1K, Cume $3,075,686

Celeste And Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [34 Theaters] Weekend $21,008, Average $618, Cume $3,056,173

Killer Joe (LD Entertainment) Week 10 [42 Theaters] Weekend $25,556, Average $608, Cume $1,948,255

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [37 Theaters] Weekend $96,649, Average $2,612, Cume $1,320,049

2016 Obama’s America (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 12 [575 Theaters] Weekend $393,316, Average $684, Cume $32,927,752

To Rome With Love (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 15 [23 Theaters] Weekend $37,985, Average $1,652, Cume $16,594,503

Safety Not Guaranteed (FilmDistrict) Week 17 [34 Theaters] Weekend $12K, Average $353, Cume $3,980,095

The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 25 [121 Theaters] Weekend $139K, Average $1,149, Cume $12,474,053