Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Indie FilmsWoody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine sparkled at the Box Office this weekend, grossing nearly $603K, out-performing Midnight In Paris ($99,834 debut average in 6 theaters), the director’s best-grossing film to date. The Sony Classics feature opened in 6 theaters, averaging a shiny $102,128, placing the film atop the year’s specialty debuts. “It certainly belies the myth opening,” said SPC’s Michael Barker about debuting against the summer blockbusters. “When we first screened the film I remember we heard that people said, “‘Why aren’t you waiting until the fall?’ Our response was that a good serious film will be a good breath of fresh air.” Jasmine edges out Spring Breakers in the averages game in 2013. The To-Do List, meanwhile, became this summer’s largest opening specialty, bowing in 591 theaters, grossing a cool $1.535M. Coming back down to earth, Hong Kong director Johnnie To’s Drug War opened in one theater, grossing a decent $7K, while fellow Sino title Tiny Times averaged $4,167 in three runs.

Blue Jasmine‘s b.o. cha-ching apparently isn’t an aberration. Fox Searchlight‘s The Way, Way Back and TWC’s Sundance winner Fruitvale Station continue to lure discerning audiences away from the tentpoles. The company said it would take the title wide this weekend and it really delivered. The Weinsteins pushed Fruitvale out to 1,064 theaters (last week in only 34 runs) and the film by this year’s indie darling Ryan Coogler held up. It averaged $4,377 and the distributor touted its numbers Sunday. And Fox Searchlight added 582 runs for its hit The Way, Way Back, grossing $3.3M ($3,724 average). It’s been noted that the film cost a cool $10M to buy, so it will take some time to make a return for the company, but it is clearly showing momentum. Back has cumed about $9 million to date.

Said Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez Sunday: “We are delighted that we continue to see a strong hold in the art/specialty theaters and while we have not yet completely crossed over, are also beginning to feel that the good word of mouth we were hoping for is finally showing itself in many mainstream multiplexes.”

William Chase
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I personally thought The Bling Ring was fascinating, and Fruitvale Station was riviting throughout and never boring....
Croverly
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Amused: Fruitvale's per screen average is better than most of the films listed under "Returning". That's a...
pete
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It might have been better if she got Bill Murray to write the script for her.

CBS FilmsThe To-Do List hit a $2,591 average from a hefty 591 runs, the summer’s biggest roll out among the specialties. The company pointed out that it performed well in NYC, LA, DC, Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco, with an audience that was 60% female and nearly the same percentage in the 25-plus range. “Between sizable positive conversation on Twitter, exit polling confirming that audiences liked what they saw [scoring the film an A] and favorable reviews [64 on MetaCritic] – we hope that the film follows the lead of other female-skewing comedies and displays strong legs and scores solid midweek grosses,” said CBS’ Grey Munford. “Writer/director Maggie Carey made this film for just $1.5 million and we look forward to audiences discovering it and helping to spread the word through the rest of the summer.”

Last week’s average topper The Act Of Killing from Drafthouse Films added a pair of showing in its second frame, holding solid with a $12,899 average. There was some insider backlash last weekend when this article pointed out that the unconventional doc made the headline as the year’s top doc in terms of straight numbers, but it clearly isn’t a fluke. Also holding its own is fellow doc Blackfish from Magnolia. The Sundance debut added 15 runs in its second weekend, grossing $160K averaging $8,421.

NEW

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $612,767, Average $102,128

Drug War (Well Go USA/Variance Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7K

Tiny Times (China Lion) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $12,500, Average $4,167

The To Do List (CBS Films) [591 Theaters] Weekend $1,535,000, Average $2,597

Returning / 2nd Weekend

The Act Of Killing (Drafthouse Films) Week 2 [3 Theater] Weekend $38,697, Average $12,899, Cume $81,041

Blackfish (Magnolia Pictures) Week 2 [19 Theaters] Weekend $160K, Average $8,421, Cume $282,713

Computer Chess (Kino Lorber) Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $21K, Average $3K, Cume $45,569

Girl Most Likely (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 2 [227 Theaters] Weekend $192,425, Average $852, Cume $1,217,539

Only God Forgives (RADiUS-TWC) Week 2 [81 Theaters] Weekend $117,950, Average $1,456, Cume $576,645

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends

Crystal Fairy (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [19 Theaters] Weekend $28,500, Average $1,500, Cume $102,067

Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [1,064 Theaters] Weekend $4,657,000, Average $4,377, Cume $6,339,316

Still Mine (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Week 3 [34 Theaters] Weekend $96,900, Average $2,850, Cume $679,595

Stuck In Love (Millennium Entertainment) Week 4 [1 Theater] Weekend $1,705, Cume $72,306

The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [886 Theaters] Weekend $3.3M, Average $3,724, Cume $(almost) $9M

The Attack (Cohen Media Group) Week 6 [44 Theaters] Weekend $101,410, Average $2,305, Cume $1,065,494

Unfinished Song (The Weinstein Company) Week 6 [6 Theaters] Weekend $106K, Average $1,293, Cume $1,258,932

20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 7 [147 Theaters] Weekend $367,872, Average $2,503, Cume $3,000,123

The Bling Ring (A24) Week 7 [34 Theaters] Weekend $50K, Average $1,470, Cume $5,726,634

Much Ado About Nothing (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 8 [77 Theaters], Weekend $77,850, Average $1,010, Cume $3,975,741

Fill The Void (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [42 Theaters] Weekend $38,147, Average $908, Cume $1,642,023

Frances Ha (IFC Films) Week 11 [23 Theaters] Weekend $40,480, Average $1,760, Cume $3,852,890

What Maisie Knew (Millennium Entertainment) Week 13 [6 Theaters] Weekend $3,220, Average $537, Cume $1,063,602

Mud (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 14 [71 Theaters] Weekend $72,950, Average $1,026, Cume $21,258,272