Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of Movieline.

Hyde Park On Hudson bowed regally in 4 locations over the weekend, topping the specialty release newcomers. Starring Bill Murray as America’s longest serving President, the Roger Michell-directed feature averaged $20,820. Other openers bowed with less gusto. Tribeca Films’ The Fitzgerald Family Christmas with Ed Burns averaged a slight $3,450 in 4 theaters. Cinedigm’s In Our Nature opened in one location with $4,378. Oscilloscope bowed a pair of features, Only The Young and the challenging to pronounce Tchoupitoulas in a single cinema each, grossing $2K and $3K respectively. And Strand Releasing opened California Solo in two locations with a modest $2,612 average.

“Hyde played well to older art house audiences this weekend,” a Focus spokesperson said today. “The top grossing theaters (Lincoln Square/NY, Landmark/LA) traditionally attract adult audiences – particularly at matinee and early prime time shows – which is when Hyde really popped.” Focus CEO James Schamus told me this week they plan to follow a “classic aggressive platform release,” hitting 15 markets and 28 theaters next weekend. It will move out further on the 21st and continue its rollout into the New Year.

Tribeca Films’ Fitzgerald will head to 15 locations next weekend, concentrating in South FL and Chicago. Ed Burns will be Skypeiing in with audiences during showings. Tribeca Film noted that a Saturday evening show in Huntington, Long Island sold out, and the movie had “solid performances in otherwise lower grossing suburban areas.” The movie’s also available on VOD and is currently one of the top 5 most popular Independent films on iTunes, according to the distributor.

Among holdovers, SPC’s Rust And Bone added two theaters in its third round and even had an uptick in its per screen average, which came in at $13,709. Last weekend it averaged $12,912 in two locations. Also holding solid is fellow Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which held reasonably steady in 371 theaters, dropping 28% from the week prior. And Focus added 38 theaters for its awards contender Anna Karenina. It averaged 3,644 vs. last weekend’s $5,806.


California Solo [Strand Releasing] NEW [2 Theaters] $5,225, Average $2,612

Hyde Park On Hudson (Focus Features) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $83,280, Average $20,820

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (Tribeca Film) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $13,800, Average $3,450

In Our Nature (Cinedigm) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $4,378

Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home [1 Theater] Weekend $8,800

Only The Young (Oscilloscope Laboratories) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $2K

Tchoupitoulas (Oscilloscope Laboratories) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $3K,


Beware Of Mr. Baker (Independent) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $10,282, Cume $36,281

Hecho En México (Lionsgate) Week 2 [26 Theaters] Weekend $25K, Average $962, Cume $118,471

Killing Them Softly (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [2,424] Weekend $2,748,000, Average $1,134, Cume $11,771,737

Love, Marilyn (Submarine Deluxe) Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $2,506, Cume $7,185


The Central Park Five (IFC Films) Week 3 [9 Theaters] Weekend $27,900, Average $3,100, Cume $125,600

Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [183 Theaters] Weekend $725K, Average $3,961, Cume $1,674,100

Rust And Bone (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [4 Theaters] Weekend $54,834, Average $13,709, Cume $131,319

Anna Karenina (Focus Features) Week 4 [422 Theaters] Weekend $1,537,911, Average $3,644, Cume $6,601,815

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) Week 4 [371 Theaters] Weekend $2,238,000, Average $6,032, Cume $14,030,740

Chasing Ice (Submarine Deluxe) Week 5 [ Theaters] Weekend $97,101, Average $1,734, Cume $497,570

The Other Son (Cohen Media Group) Week 7 [41 Theaters] Weekend $54K, Average $1,316, Cume $951,963

The Sessions (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [197 Theaters] Weekend $223K, Average $1,132, Cume $5M

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 12 [175 Theaters] Weekend $136K, Average $777, Cume $16,855,895

Samasara (Oscilloscope Laboratories] Week 16 [7 Theaters] Weekend $7,500, Average $1,071, Cume $2,549,356

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 20 [42 Theaters] Weekend $37,355, Average $889, Cume $2,894,449