Indie FilmsOn the Specialty box office front, this Easter Weekend showed strong debuts for Focus Features’ The Place Beyond The Pines and IFC Films’ documentary Room 237 while Renoir painted a passable opening leaving silent feature Blancanieves and Wrong to start with less gusto. Pines director Derek Cianfrance  showed with his film’s star Ryan Gosling up at a Film Society Of Lincoln Center party for New Directors. (The same duo caught Oscar chatter back in 2010 with Blue Valentine after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.) Pines opened in a pair of runs in both New York and Los Angeles with a winning $67,564 average. Noted Jack Foley, Focus Features president of distribution: “It’s a testament to the appeal of this incredible cast, and also to Derek Cianfrance’s vision as a great storyteller, that audiences came out to see Pines this weekend. It’s epic, powerful and just great entertainment. Smart audiences want great movie options all year and you saw that with this weekend’s terrific numbers.”

IFC Films’ documentary centered on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining also made an impressive showing over the weekend. That’s good news for the distributor, which saw the exit of its long time SVP of Marketing and Publicity Ryan Werner who is one of the most important backers of international and indie cinema in America. The film Room 238 averaged $18K in two NYC theaters. Noted Werner: It’s an amazing film that says so much about the way we watch movies today. I don’t think you have to see any of Kubrick’s films to watch the film. However, you will want to see them all especially The Shining afterwards.” Beyond theatrical, Room 237 was #1 on the Independent and Horror charts all weekend on iTunes where it’s available outside theaters. The company, however, is still having a rough trip with On The Road. It had a qualifying run in December and was re-released last week. The film from one of the 20th Century’s most pivotal American novels only averaged $1,600. Last week the film rolled out in 42 theaters averaging $2,500.

IFC’s Sundance Selects label last week opened Gimme The Loot picked up at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. It took in $23,400 at its IFC Center then and in its second weekend played in 4 locations averaging $3,700. The Weinstein Company’s The Sapphires also had a small expansion for its second weekend and moved into a dozen theaters averaging just over $6K. In its debut, the film set in Australia and Vietnam averaged $10,232 in 4 runs. Here are the Specialty Box Office numbers:

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Blancanieves (Cohen Media Group) [4 Theaters] Wkd $25,102, Aver $6,276
The Place Beyond The Pines (Focus) [4 Theaters] Wkd $270,184, Aver $67,564
Renoir (Samuel Goldwyn Films) [6 Theaters] Wkd $63,663, Aver $10,610
Room 237 (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Wkd $36K, Aver $18K
Wrong (Drafthouse Films) [16 Theaters] Wkd $17,964, Aver $1,122

Returning / 2nd Weekend
Gimme The Loot (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [4 Theater] Wkd $14,800, Aver $3,700, Cume $44,070
On The Road (IFC) Week 2 [75 Theaters] Wkd $120K, Aver $1,600, Cume $260K (Post-qualifying run)
The Sapphires (Weinstein) Week 2 [12 Theaters] Wkd $72,379, Aver $6,032, Cume $126,968

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends
From Up On Poppy Hill (GKIDS) Week 3 [24 Theaters] Wkd $121,098, Aver $5,046, Cume $285,793
Reality (Oscilloscope) Week 3 [4 Theater] Wkd $12,400, Aver $4,100, Cume $33,826
Spring Breakers (A24) Week 3 [1,379 Theaters] Wkd $2,758,000, Aver $2K, Cume $10,100,289
Upside Down (Millennium) Week 3 [19 Theaters] Wkd $9,146, Aver $481, Cume $92,196
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Tribeca) Week 4 [2 Theaters] Wkd $17,565, Aver $5,855, Cume $77,095
Stoker (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [194 Theaters] Wkd $178K, Aver $918, Cume $1,478,336
NO (Sony Classics) Week 7 [70 Theaters] Wkd $246,234, Aver $3,518, Cume $1,324,984
The Gatekeepers (Sony Classics) Week 9 [105 Theaters] Wkd $211,834, Aver $2,017, Cume $1,879,846
Quartet (The Weinstein Company) Week 12 [302 Theaters] Wkd $368K, Aver $1,219, Cume $16,585,393
The Impossible (Summit/Lionsgate) Week 15 [86 Theaters] Wkd $42K, Aver $488, Cume $18,815,451