Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Sleepwalk With Me as predicted lead the pack of new specialty releases. With $65,000 at only one engagement, the feature nonetheless sprinted into very specific record-breaking territory. Distributor IFC Films touted its numbers and some trivia, giving the dog days of summer some luster and a moment of levity. “As a joke Avengers director Joss Whedon recently declared war on our film, so we’re surprised to see that our per screen average is so much higher than The Avengers‘ $47,698 per screen [opening]. We look forward to beating his worldwide gross of $1.5 billion in the coming weeks.” (Marvel’s The Avengers is approaching that figure worldwide). IFC Films pointed out that Sleepwalk is the highest per-theater average for an American “non-animated film from a first-time filmmaker.” It is also a “house record-breaker” for New York’s IFC Center. Sleepwalk will now head to Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Portland, Seattle and other cities in coming weekends. It will be on 22 screens by August 31st. Also opening with a strong start in its debut, Oscilloscope’s Samsara averaged a fantastic $37,500. Next up is L.A. followed by a national rollout. (more…)