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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Blood” Continues To Impress; “Juno” Tops $50 Million

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Blood" Continues To Impress; "Juno" Tops $50 Million

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood” will clearly top the first iW BOT of 2008, grossing $1.34 million on just 51 screens for an average of $26,216. The Paramount Vantage release, which won top honors at the National Society of Film Critics yesterday, has grossed nearly $1.9 million in 12 days, 9 of which it was playing on only 2 screens. Its nearest competitor, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi‘s “Persepolis,” averaged $11,437 in 7 houses, bringing its total to $316,831. Two films that continued to expand showed no signs of slowing down, particularly Jason Reitman‘s “Juno,” which became the top grossing Indiewood release of 2007 this weekend by grossing an impressive $16.25 million on 1,925 screens (the widest release in Fox Searchlight‘s history) for an average of $8,429. Its total stands at $52.03 million. Joe Wright‘s “Atonement” also expanded, to 583 screens, grossing $5.12 million and bringing its total to $19.22 million. The Focus Features release looks to continue to expand as awards season reaches its peak in the coming weeks. indieWIRE publishes its weekly box office column on Mondays and final weekend numbers for specialty and limited release films on Tuesdays. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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