Specialty Box OfficeLet’s hope the first weekend of 2014 is just a blip in the calendar. As newcomers are mostly hiding out, some holdovers have held steadfast in a freezing cold weekend for a huge chunk of the country. TWC’s August: Osage County held its base in five theaters as TV commercials touted the Golden Globes nominated pic. The Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts starrer grossed almost $141K, averaging $28,177. When it opened last weekend, the feature averaged $35,895 in the same number of reporting locations. It expands wide next week. Sony Classics added one theater for its Charles Dickens film The Invisible Woman, grossing over $30K in four theaters. It averaged $30,151 for a two week cume approaching $117K. Her Warner Bros.’ Her is playing very strong the weekend before it expands from 47 venues to 1,700 so the studio is well set for a wider release. Her opened initially on the 18th of last month in six theaters and on Christmas day expanded to its current 47 venues. The Spike Jonze pic is getting high accolades and positive word of mouth so is up 11% from last weekend and is the only one at the moment that did not fall weekend to weekend on the same number of screens. It’s per screen rose to an estimated $15,361 this weekend on a total take of .722. It’s cume to date is around $2.98M.

Openers Interior. Leather Bar. from Strand and co-helmer James Franco, IFC Films’ The Best Offer, and Magnolia’s Beyond Outrage did not report theatrical grosses Sunday morning. In No Great HurryA brave exception is In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, which bowed in one theater. The long titled film grossed $6,100 at a limited venue at Lincoln Center. Noted mTuckman Media Sunday: “Playing in just a 90 seat screen, audiences were turned away at select matinee shows. The film, which is being self-released by director Tomas Leach, will add engagements in select markets across the country in the weeks to follow.”

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Inside Llewyn Davis Fresh from a big win by the National Society of Film Critics Saturday, CBS Films’ Inside Llewyn Davis nevertheless shed 5 theaters in its fifth weekend, but held decently. It grossed $1.175M in 156 theaters, totaling just shy of $7M. The Coen brothers-directed film starring Oscar Isaac will have its “next wave of expansion,” according to CBS Films later this month.

The Weinstein Company added 35 theaters to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in its sixth weekend, grossing almost $1.11M in 1,010 theaters. It averaged almost eleven hundred dollars, vs. its $2,484 PSA last week in 975 theaters. It has cumed over $7.11M. TWC’s Globes-nominated Philomena lost 120 theaters in its 7th weekend, grossing $1.552M for a still solid $2,557. It will easily cross the $20M cume mark this week.

Fellow awards hopefuls Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years A Slave and Nebraska held solid well into their theatrical releases. Dallas, marking the finale of Focus Features under the reign of James Schamus and Andrew Karpen, added several locations in its 10th weekend, grossing $306K for a $2,391 PSA (128 theaters). That is even a tick higher than last week, when it averaged $2,313 in 124 runs. Roadside/Lionsgate’s All Is Lost added one location in its 12th weekend, grossing over $55K ($824 average). It averaged $968 last weekend and passed the $6M cume mark. Of note, vet Roadsider Dustin Smith is leaving the company after a long run and a slew of entertaining Tweets. He’ll be joining Gravitas to spearhead its theatrical division and making a move to Cleveland.

Nebraska passed the $7M cume threshold in its 8th weekend, grossing $670K for a good $2,792 PSA in 240 theaters. It averaged $3,200 in 250 locales last weekend. 12 Years A Slave played 151 theaters, losing only 3 theaters from the previous week. It grossed $326K, averaging $2,159.

NEW

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter (mTuckman Media) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,100

Returning / 2nd Weekend

August: Osage County (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $140,887, Average $28,177, Cume $482,656
The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $30,151, Average $7,538, Cume $116,840

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends

The Past (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [5 Theaters] Weekend $40,158, Average $8,032, Cume $166,213
Personal Tailor (China Lion) Week 3 [9 Theaters] Weekend $32K, Average $3,555, Cume $345K
Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films) Week 5 [156 Theaters] Weekend $1,175,000, Average $7,532, Cume $6,987,350
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (The Weinstein Company) Week 6 [1,010 Theaters] Weekend $1,109,000, Average $1,098, Cume $7,114,818
Philomena (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [607 Theaters] Weekend $1,552,000, Average $2,557, Cume $19,695,351
Nebraska (Paramount Vantage) Week 8 [240 Theaters] Weekend $670K, Average $2,792, Cume $7,055,048
The Book Thief (20th Century Fox) Week 9 [329 Theaters] Weekend $543K, Average $1,650, Cume $19,105,608
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features) Week 10 [128 Theaters] Weekend $306K, Average $2,391, Cume $16,303,188
All Is Lost (Roadside/Lionsgate) Week 12 [67 Theaters] Weekend $55,200, Average $824, Cume $6,055,778
12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight) Week 12 [151 Theaters] Weekend $326K, Average $2,159, Cume $38,469,342
Inequality For All (RADiUS-TWC) Week 15 [3 Theater] Weekend $362, Average $121 Cume $1,192,778
20 Feet From Stardom (RADiUS-TWC) Week 30 [30 Theaters] Weekend $3,345, Average $669, Cume $4,821,266