Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Studio box office owned the spotlight this weekend, while specialties failed to impress. Sundance winner Middle Of Nowhere reigned over an otherwise blasé specialty weekend, averaging $13,005, while Middle Of NowhereEuropean-financed Simon And The Oaks took in over $10K in a single theater. Sony Pictures Classics rolled out its Sundance ’12 feature Smashed in four locations with an average of $7,506. The Weinstein Company’s War Of The Buttons, however, tanked with only a $914 average from 5 locations. Also opening, MPI Media’s Big Picture debuted with an average of $7,250 from two locations.

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Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron starrer The Paperboy headed into an additional 38 theaters in its second weekend, averaging $2,122, a big drop. In its debut, the polarizing pic averaged a bit more than $10K from 11 theaters. Abramorama expanded The House I Live In to an additional 6 theaters, averaging $2,809. In its initial rollout the film averaged $9,827 in a pair of cinemas. And Wuthering Heights headed into four additional theaters in its second weekend, averaging a comparatively stronger $4,750.

Dada Films and Film Collaborative did not report figures for their respective openers Excuse Me For Living and Gayby. Holdovers from Magnolia (V/H/S), Kino Lorber (The Revisionaires), IDP/ATO (The Oranges) and Drafthouse Films (Wake In Fright) have not reported second weekend numbers.

onto of it
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2 years
I saw Middle of Nowhere at Sundance and loved it. Sounds like "For Real" should go watch...
For Real
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2 years
Complete waste of money - middle of Nowhere is nowhere - slower then watching paint dry
Truly
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2 years
One of the best movies out! Middle of nowhere is amazing!!!

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NEW

The Big Picture (MPI Media) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $14,500, Average $7,250

Middle Of Nowhere (AFFRM) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $78,030, Average $13,005

Simon And The Oaks (The Film Arcade) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $10,377

Smashed (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $30,025, Average $7,506

War Of The Buttons (The Weinstein Company) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $4,570, Average $914

RETURNING / 2ND WEEKEND

The House I Live In (Abramorama) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $22,470, Average $2,809, Cume $46,713

The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment) Week 2 [49 Theaters] Weekend $103,995, Average $2,122, Cume $244,785

Wuthering Heights (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $2,500, Cume $23,117

HOLDOVERS / 3RD+ WEEKEND

The Other Dream Team (The Film Arcade) Week 3 [12 Theaters] Weekend $30,915, Average $2,576, Cume $73,459

Hellbound? (Area 23a) Week 4 [5 Theaters] Weekend $6,355, Average $1,267, Cume $18,881

How To Survive A Plague (Sundance Selects) Weekend $12,600, Average $1,400, Cume $92K

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 4 [726 Theaters] Weekend $2,166,000, Average $2,983, Cume $6,151,445

Arbitrage (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 5 [195 Theaters] Weekend $363,350, Average $1,863, Cume $6,673,239

Liberal Arts (IFC Films) Week 5 [25 Theaters] Weekend $18,760, Average $750, Cume $245K

The Master (The Weinstein Company) Week 5 [682 Theaters] Weekend $823K, Average $1,207, Cume $13,919,908

Detropia (Loki Films) Week 6 [11 Theaters] Weekend $16,215, Average $1,474, Cume $253,458

Lawless (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [287 Theaters] Weekend $64K, Average $223, Cume $37,160,453

Samsara (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 8 [48 Theaters] Weekend $112,944, Average $2,353, Cume $1,800,564

Sleepwalk With Me (IFC Films) Week 8 [70 Theaters] Weekend $70K, Average $1K, Cume $2,120,000

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 12 [157 Theaters] Weekend $202,767, Average $1,379, Cume $1,697,639

Safety Not Guaranteed (FilmDistrict) Week 18 [19 Theaters] Weekend $$6K, Average $333, Cume $4,007,584

The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 27 [59 Theaters] Weekend $50K, Average $847, Cume $12,745,311