Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Newcomers and holdovers came in flat in an unmemorable weekend for Specialty Box Office. The Loneliest Planet bowed solid with a $10,200 average in two locations. Sundance Selects will take the movie starring Gael García Bernal to the top 15 markets in the next two weeks. Rocky Mountain Pictures, the group that brought on this year’s record-breaking doc 2016: Obama’s America, debuted District Of Corruption in three theaters, averaging $7,374 for the weekend’s second-best showing among the titles reporting. Cohen Media Group’s The Other Son debuted in 41 theaters, averaging just over $3K. Radius’ theatrical debut of Pusher landed with a thud, taking in just over $5K in 14 locations. The TWC multiplatform label stressed that its VOD run is primary, but did not report figures. The distributor’s co-head Tom Quinn said, “It’s done great on VOD. On its face it’s about the genre and its gotten good traction.” Among holdovers, Fox Searchlight’s The Sessions expanded strongly, with a weekend best theater asverage of $11,500. Indomina’s Holy Motors remained in in two theaters but held steady with a average of $7,648.

The Loneliest Planet debuted at IFC Center in NYC and the NuArt in L.A. It also opened via VOD and had a debut at BAM in Brooklyn Friday night. IFC’s Mark Boxer touted the title’s “great start” as the AFI Fest 2011 Grand Jury Prize winner heads out further next week. Rocky Mountain’s District Of Corruption directed by Stephen K. Bannon debuted in single showings in Columbus, OH, The Villages, FL and Houston, TX. Judicial Watch touts the film as a “blockbuster feature documentary” that “lays bare the lawless and unconstitutional” moves by the Obama Administration. The Last Fall opened in one L.A. theater with $6,130, the third-best per-theater-tally of the weekend’s newbies. A spokesperson for the movie said, “Director Mark Cherry and his producers employed a strong on-the-ground grassroots marketing strategy and took to social media to hit up young adults, schools, churches and organizations to fill theater seats in Los Angeles exclusively at the Rave 15 Baldwin Hills Cinema.”

Among holdovers, Holy Motors stayed in two NYC locations, managing an uptick at Film Forum. The film will follow a festival itinerary in its rollout, debuting at events from LA (AFI Fest) to Chicago, followed by theatrical runs. The film received major festival buzz beginning in Cannes in May. Brooklyn Castle by John Sloss’ release label Producers Distribution Agency added six theaters in its second weekend. The title averaged $3,762 vs. its opening $11,061 last week in a pair of NYC showings. Fox Searchlight’s The Sessions moved from 4 to 20 theaters in its second frame, averaging $11,500 for the overall box office’s best per-theater-average. “This is a little better than we expected and we are very encouraged by the overall numbers,” said Searchlight’s Frank Rodriguez. “We will open 13 new markets on November 2nd while expanding in the already opened markets. Word of mouth is starting to build and we are obviously hearing a lot of buzz in regards to the performances of John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.”


District Of Corruption (Rocky Mountain Pictures) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $22,123, Average $7,374

The Last Fall (Image Entertainment) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,130

The Loneliest Planet (Sundance Selects) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $20,400, Average $10,200

Orchestra Of Exiles (First Run Features) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $7,034, Cume $7034.

The Other Son (Cohen Media Group) NEW [41 Theaters] Weekend $125K, Average $3,048

Pusher (Radius-The Weinstein Company) NEW [14 Theaters] Weekend $5,040, Average $360, Cume $5,040


Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency) Week 2 [8 Theaters] Weekend $30,093, Average $3,762, Cume $53,965

The Flat (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [9 Theaters] Weekend $42,300, Average $4,700, Cume $75,600

Hating Breitbart (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Week 2 [4 Theaters] Weekend $9,365, Average $2,341, Cume $52,123

Holy Motors (Indomina) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $15,296, Average $7,648, Cume $56,208

Nobody Walks Week 2 [7 Theaters] Weekend $6,000, Average $1,000, Cume $17K

The Sessions (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [20 Theaters] Weekend $230K, Average $11,500, Cume $390K


Middle Of Nowhere (AFFRM/Participant) Week 3 [24 Theaters] Weekend $30,134, Average $1,255, Cume $166,935

Smashed (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [21 Theaters] Weekend $44,436, Average $2,116, Cume $149,949

The House I Live In (Abramorama) Week 4 [12 Theaters] Weekend $25,029, Average $2,085, Cume $110,637

The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment) Week 4 [76 Theaters] Weekend $102,106, Average $1,344, Cume $551,131

The Revisionaries (Kino Lorber) Week 4 [3 Theaters] Weekend $5K, Average $1,667, Cume $12,500

Wuthering Heights (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 4 [12 Theaters] Weekend $10K, Average $833, Cume $62,117

The Other Dream Team (The Film Arcade) Week 5 [14 Theaters] Weekend $3,398, Average $286, Cume $120,256

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 6 [736 Theaters] Weekend $1.4M, Average $1,902, Cume $11,207,679

Arbitrage (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 7 [125 Theaters] Weekend $176K, Average $1,408, Cume $7,349,263

The Master (The Weinstein Company) Week 7 [201 Theaters] Weekend $269K, Average $1,338, Cume $15,219,382

Lawless (The Weinstein Company) Week 9 [96 Theaters] Weekend $29K, Average $302, Cume $37,338,099

Samasara (Oscilloscope Laboratories] Week 10 [67 Theaters] Weekend $ 94,202, Average $1,406, Cume $2,178,675

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 14 [114 Theaters] Weekend $159,022, Average $1,395, Cume $2,213,934

The Imposter (Indomina Releasing) Week 16 [16 Theaters] Weekend $23,493, Average $1,468, Cume $816,986

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 23 [15 Theaters] Weekend $8,735, Average $582, Cume $45,507,053

The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 29 [48 Theaters] Weekend $35K, Average $729, Cume $12,883,039