Damsels In Distress and We Have A Pope lead a new crop of specialty releases for the holiday weekend: Sony Pictures Classics’ Damsels averaging a robust $16,050 in four theaters and a total of $64,200 while Sundance Selects’ Pope averaged a solid $10,133 at three locations and total of $31,500. Director Whit Stillman’s first feature since Last Days Of Disco (1998), Damsels had originally been intended for release by the now long defunct Warner Independent when the director first approached Castle Rock with the concept, but was eventually picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Disco opened back in May of ’98 at 22 theaters, averaging $12,618 and eventually taking in just over $3 million. SPC will continue to expand the film slowly with additional cities in the coming weeks.
Fairing more modestly in its opening weekend is Wrekin Hill’s documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which launched at one theater each in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Director Morgan Spurlock, who lead the multi-camera collaboration that captured the scene at last year’s annual mammoth comic book extravaganza Comic-Con, attended one screening in each city participating in post-screening Q&As. “The film opened [in these cities] so Morgan could be in each city,” a spokesperson for Wrekin Hill told Deadline. “The numbers were generally skewed by his personal appearances and I’ve been told the VOD numbers are strong, but they’re unavailable.” Los Angeles lead the three-city debut, taking in $4,500 at the Laemmle Santa Monica. San Francisco performed poorly, blamed in part by Wrekin by a bad review from the San Francisco Chronicle. “We believe word of mouth will be good, but we’ll see if it has the capacity to go beyond the fanboy base. It’s a very satisfying movie,” the spokesperson added. Next week, the distributor will open the doc in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston where Spurlock will host further Q&As.
In its second weekend in release, the much hyped Tribeca ’11 documentary Bully added one theater, grossing $74,786, averaging a solid $12,464 from six locations. This weekend’s total represents a 36% decline from its opening weekend figure $116,472. Fellow doc Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (Magnolia Pictures) surpassed the $1 million cumulative mark in its fifth weekend, while CBS Films’ Salmon Fishing In The Yemen held fairly well, also in its fifth weekend. The film by Lasse Holström averaged $1,861 from 524 locations, 41 more than last week. Yemen also ranked No. 8 with $975K among the top 10 movies overall. Its cume is $4.6 million.
1. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (Wrekin Hill) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $8,500, Per Screen Average $2,833
2. Damsels In Distress (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $64K, Per Screen Average $16,050
3. Keyhole (Monterey Media) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3,200
Surviving Progress (First Run) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $4K, Per Screen Average $2,221
4. We Have A Pope (Sundance Selects) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $30K, Per Screen Average $10,133
5. Bully (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [6 Theaters] Weekend $74K, Per Screen Average $12,464, Cume $235K
6. Turn Me On, Dammit! (New Yorker Films) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $6K, Per Screen Average $3,160, Cume $21K
7. October Baby (IDP/Samuel Goldwyn) Week 3 [339 Theaters] Weekend $367K, Per Screen Average $1,083, Cume $3.78M
8. The Deep Blue Sea (Music Box Films) Week 3 [51 Theaters] Weekend $98K, Per Screen Average $1,936, Cume $495K
9. The Raid: Redemption (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [176 Theaters] Weekend $564K, Per Screen Average $3,208, Cume $1.288M
10. Casa De Mi Padre (Lionsgate) Week 4 [283 Theaters] Weekend $260K, Per Screen Average $919, Cume $5.489M
11. Jeff Who Lives At Home (Paramount Vantage) Week 4 [447 Theaters] Weekend $405K, Per Screen Average $906, Cume $3.38M
12. The Kid With A Bike (Sundance Selects) Week 4 [54 Theaters] Weekend $142K, Per Screen Average $2,500, Cume $542K
13. Footnote (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [65 Theaters] Weekend $124K, Per Screen Average $1,914, Cume $805K
14. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (Magnolia Pictures) Week 5 [70 Theaters] Weekend $240K, Per Screen Average $3,429, Cume $1M
15. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (CBS Films) Week 5 [524 Theaters] Weekend $975K, Per Screen Average $1,861, Cume $4.63M
16. Boy (Paladin) Week 6 [12 Theaters] Weekend $21K, Per Screen Average $1,756, Cume $143K
17. Undefeated (The Weinstein Company) Week 8 [15 Theaters] Weekend $25K, Per Screen Average $1,691, Cume $462K
18. W.E. (The Weinstein Company) Week 10 [21 Theaters] Weekend $18K, Per Screen Average $857, Cume $519K
19. A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 15 [141 Theaters] Weekend $142K, Per Screen Average $1,008, Cume $6.697M
20. The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company) Week 15 [236 Theaters] Weekend $127K, Per Screen Average $538, Cume $29.64M
21. Coriolanus (The Weinstein Company) Week 17 [12 Theaters] Weekend $26K, Per Screen Average $1,576, Cume $636K
22. The Artist (The Weinstein Company) Week 20 [222 Theaters] Weekend $180K, Per Screen Average $811, Cume $43.84M
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