Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.
Oscar contenders Silver Linings Playbook and Rust And Bone held solid in the specialty realm as they expanded. The overall box office had dreadful debuts from TWC’s Killing Me Softly and LD Entertainment’s The Collection. But Weinstein’s David O. Russell-directed Silver Linings held nicely with a per-theater average of just over $9K as the movie added four cinemas in its third weekend. Sony Pictures Classics’ Rust And Bone remained in two theaters in its second weekend, averaging a robust $12,912, only a slight dip from last weekend’s opening.
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Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock, meanwhile, added 33 locations, averaging $8,111 and will add 26 cities next weekend. “There appears to be evidence that word of mouth may be starting to take hold as the film begins to roll out, noted Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez. “The film, directed by Sacha Gervasi, appears to be gaining some momentum as the performances of Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins continue to impress audiences.” Focus Features added 318 theaters for Anna Karenina. Its $5,806 average was decent and its nearly $2.3 million gross placed it 17th in the overall box office, just behind Silver Linings Playbook and two spots behind wide release debut The Collection.
Among newcomers, Pantelion Films-Lionsgate’s Hecho En México arrived in a dozen theaters and an average of $6,500. The Independent/Film Buff Ex-Girlfriends had a New York City debut at Cinema Village, taking in $2,500. The self-described “micro-budget” feature also rolled out on digital platforms. China Lion’s Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins starrer Back To 1942 averaged a slight $5K in 20 theaters. It will head to select IMAX locations December 7th. Other newbies including Abramorama’s Addicted To Fame and Magnolia’s Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning did not report weekend grosses.
Back To 1942 (China Lion) NEW [20 Theaters] Weekend $100K, Average $5,000
Beware Of Mr. Baker (Independent) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $12,505, Cume $17,058
Ex-Girlfriends (Independent/Film Buff) [1 Theater] Weekend $2,500
Hecho En Mexico (Pantelion Films/Lionsgate) [12 Theaters] Weekend $78,000, Average $6,500
Love, Marilyn (Submarine Deluxe) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4K
RETURNING / 2ND WEEKEND
The Central Park Five (IFC Films) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $30K, Average $6K, Cume $60K
Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [50 Theaters] Weekend $405,537, Average $8,111, Cume $784,419
Rust And Bone (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $25,823, Average $12,912, Cume $53,233
HOLDOVERS / 3RD+ WEEKENDS
Anna Karenina (Focus Features) Week 3 [384 Theaters] Weekend $2,229,678, Average $5,806, Cume $4,083,569
Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [371 Theaters] Weekend $3,341,000, Average$9,005, Cume $10,990,981
28 Hotel Rooms (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 4 [3 Theater] Weekend $1,100, Average $367, Cume $16,043
Chasing Ice (Submarine Deluxe) Week 4 [30 Theaters] Weekend $94,262, Average $3,142, Cume $348,936
A Late Quartet (Entertainment One) Week 5 [74 Theaters] Weekend $86,497, Average $1,169, Cume $871,651
The Other Son (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [42 Theaters] Weekend $59,059, Average $1,406, Cume $880.509
Alex Cross (Lionsgate) Week 7 [114 Theaters] Weekend $58K, Average $509, Cume $25,491,076
Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency) Week 7 [4 Theaters] Weekend $4,323, Average $1.081, Cume $174,163
Holy Motors (Indomina) Week 7 [25 Theaters] Weekend $35,834, Average $1,433, Cume $333,925
The Sessions (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 [226 Theaters] Weekend $328K, Average $1,451, Cume $4,576,866
The House I Live In (Abramorama) Week 9 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,913, Cume $168,962
Wuthering Heights (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 9 [10 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $1K, Cume $97,953
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 11 [189 Theaters] Weekend $200K, Average $1,058, Cume $16,628,559
Samasara (Oscilloscope Laboratories] Week 15 [25 Theaters] Weekend $25K, Average $1K, Cume $2,525,220
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 19 [53 Theaters] Weekend $47,902, Average $904, Cume $2,837,519
The Imposter (Indomina Releasing) Week 21 [2 Theaters] Weekend $2,070, Average $1,035, Cume $898,259