Indie FilmsHigh profile awards contenders had big expansions over the weekend, easily dwarfing the roll outs of lower profile new comers this weekend. Fox Searchlight’s big Oscar hopeful 12 Years A Slave, Roadside/Lionsgate’s All Is Lost and Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club headed into more theaters and markets with mostly strong results. Searchlight moved 12 Years A Slave into 1,144 theaters, an increase of 734 from the previous week. It grossed $6.6 million in its 4th week of release, averaging $5,769 and placing 7th in the overall box office.

Roadside/Lionsgate’s All Is Lost, which had its U.S. debut earlier this month at the New York Film Festival, headed into 401 runs grossing over $1.2 million and averaging $3K. Last week, it grossed nearly $600K in 131 locations. Focus added 26 theaters for Dallas Buyers Club‘s second frame. The film starring Matthew McConaughey held nicely, grossing $629K, averaging almost $18K. Focus noted the film had a 61% increase from Friday to Saturday, which the company touted Sunday morning. “This bump far exceeds the 45% to 50% bump which is the norm for a roll-out,” said a Focus spokesperson. “This big bump on Saturday shows momentum with Saturday’s habitual adult – Boomer, Gen X and sophisticated younger patrons. For the second week in a row, the film over performed on Saturday. Clearly it is connecting with the core adult audience.” Focus added that increases also took place in last week’s theaters as well.

Among newcomers, Sony Classics’ The Armstrong Lie took the weekend’s highest PSA, though from a slight threshold. The Venice and Toronto documentary grossed $30,904, averaging $6,181. This is the second film to head to theaters this year from veteran filmmaker Alex Gibney, whose late May release We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks averaged $6,922 when it bowed in 4 theaters. That film went on to gross over $166K in the U.S. SPC will expand The Armstrong Lie into several additional markets next weekend, while also adding runs in Los Angeles.

Fellow veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman opened his 244 minute doc At Berkeley at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and IFC Center in New York this weekend. The film, which chronicles U.C. Berkeley as it navigates the financial crisis, grossed just over $6K, averaging $3,038. Zipporah Films noted that the lengthy feature had two shows per day at the Elinor Bunin at Lincoln Center, while IFC Center had three (one at 10:30 AM). At Berkeley will open Los Angeles next weekend and the San Francisco Bay area on December 6 in addition to engagements in Boston, Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas and other top markets in the weeks to follow.

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Has anyone heard how "Great Expectations" did? Not very well, I'm sure, given the lack of promotion....
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Book Thief actually was highest newcomer, much bigger PSA.
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"12 years a slave" is just brilliant. wonderfully directed, written and acted. wow. the best movie out!

Another doc, Caucus by AJ Schnack bowed also bowed at the Elinor Bunin, grossing $2,300. The film played the venue’s 70-seat Amphitheater, turning people away Saturday evening. It played at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines previously, giving it a total cume of $8,748 to date. It will open in Philadelphia next week before hitting Pittsburgh at the end of the month. John Sayles’ Go For Sisters bowed in two theaters, grossing $8K ($4K PSA). The film opens Friday at Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, where Sayles, Edward James Olmos, and LisaGay Hamilton will host Q&As.

Also among holdovers, Belgium’s Oscar entry The Broken Circle Breakdown added an additional run in its second weekend, grossing just over $5K. It played one run, grossing over $7K last week. Entertainment One added 62 runs for Diana with slight results. Starring Naomi Watts, the film grossed just $85,278, floundering with an $853 average, clearly having a hard time connecting with audiences. The film opened in 38 theaters last week, grossing almost $65K for a low $1,708 average. Overseas it has opened in over 20 countries, grossing nearly $7.2 million. Notably, it bowed in the U.K. September 20 and has cumed only $3.011M.

In its third weekend, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Color headed into 34 additional runs in its third weekend. The NC-17 title grossed more than $254K, averaging $3,580. Last week, it averaged $6K in 37 runs ($222K gross). Blue is the Warmest Color will continue to expand covering the top 50 markets within the next two weeks.

Also of note is The Book Thief from 20th Century Fox, which the studio opened in just four theaters to spectacular numbers. Had the title easily fit in the often grey area of “Specialty Releases,” it would be among the fall’s highest openers in terms of screen average. Starring Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush, the film grossed $108K in four theaters, for a $27K per theaters average.

NEW

Approved For Adoption (GKIDS) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,776
The Armstrong Lie (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [5 Theaters] Weekend $30,904, Average $6,181
At Berkeley (Zipporah Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,075, Average $3,038
Caucus (Bonfire Films of America) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $2,300, Cume $8,748 (played Des Moines, IA previously)Go For Sisters (Variance Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $8K, Average $4K

Returning / 2nd Weekend

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Tribeca Film) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $5,047, Average $2,523, Cume $13,569
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 2 [35 Theaters] Weekend $629,038, Average$17,972, Cume $984,532
Diana (Entertainment One) Week 2 [100 Theaters] Weekend $85,278, Average $853, Cume $188,381
These Birds Walk (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $2K, Average $1K, Cume $10,848

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends

Blue Is The Warmest Color (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [71 Theaters] Weekend $254,180, Average $3,580, Cume $754,209
Capital (Cohen Media Group) Week 3 [13 Theaters] Weekend $6,404, Average $493, Cume $93,933
Spinning Plates (The Film Arcade) Week 3 [6 Theaters] Weekend $12,798, Average $2,133, Cume $57,696
The Square (Self distributed – Noujaim Films) Week 3 [2 Theaters] Weekend $6,644, Average $3,322, Cume $47,054
All Is Lost (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 4 [401 Theaters] Weekend $1,203,130, Average $3,030, Cume $2,870,731
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [1,144 Theaters] Weekend $6.6M, Average $5,769, Cume $17,345,581
I’m In Love With A Church Girl (High Top Releasing) Week 4 [74 Theaters] Weekend $56K, Average $757, Cume $2,165,843
Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [32 Theaters] Weekend $87,007, Average $2,719, Cume $335,860
American Promise (Rada Film Group) Week 5 [3 Theaters] Weekend $9,325, Average $3,108, Cume $78,114
Grace Unplugged (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 6 [37 Theaters] Weekend $18,650, Average $504, Cume $2,480,260
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 7 [37 Theaters] Weekend $23,797, Average $643, Cume $1,124,000
After Tiller (Oscilloscope) Week 8 [5 Theaters] Weekend $3,200, Average $640, Cume $66,275
Enough Said (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [429 Theaters] Weekend $625K, Average $1,457, Cume $15,830,676
Generation Iron (Vladar) Week 8 [8 Theaters] Weekend $17,447, Average $2,180, Cume $780,530
Mother Of George (Oscilloscope) Week 9 [4 Theaters] Weekend $2,400, Average $600, Cume $145,442
Wadjda (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9 [59 Theaters] Weekend $52,975, Average $899, Cume $1,231,309
The Spectacular Now (A24) Week 15 [12 Theaters] Weekend $5,413, Average $451, Cume $6,846,241
Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 16 [60 Theaters] Weekend $78,390, Average $1,307, Cume $32,515,626
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 22 [4 Theaters] Weekend $5,079, Average $1,270, Cume $4,752,537