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Here’s The ‘Paris’-Led Top 10 Limited Debuts of 2011 By Per-Theater-Average

Here's The 'Paris'-Led Top 10 Limited Debuts of 2011 By Per-Theater-Average

This week at Indiewire we’re offering a series of charts reflecting the big winners at the box office this year. Today’s chart takes on the best per theater averages of limited debuts in 2011.

While most years see the final month or two offering the biggest per-theater-averages of the year (a la “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” “Up In The Air” and “Precious” in recent years), 2011 was something of an anomaly. Far and away the two biggest limited debuts of the year – and among the biggest of all-time – came from two consecutive weekends in May. That would be when Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” would gross downright stunning $90,000+ averages coming off their Cannes debuts.

The biggest debut of the final months of the year was “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – which averaged $77,641 in early December. While “The Descendants” notably had the best limited debut on the most screens, averaging over $40,000 from 29 screens back in November.

Check out the full list below.  Note:  next week, these charts will lead up to more significant analysis of the year’s winners and losers, so check back.

1. Midnight in Paris
Per-Theater Average: $99,834
Theater Count: 6
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: May 20th

2. The Tree of Life
Per-Theater Average: $93,230
Theater Count: 4
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: May 27th

3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Per-Theater Average: $77,641
Theater Count: 4
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: December 9th

4. The Artist
Per-Theater Average: $51,220
Theater Count: 4
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Release Date: November 25th

5. Jane Eyre
Per-Theater Average: $45,721
Theater Count: 4
Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: March 11th

6. A Dangerous Method
Per-Theater Average: $41,988
Theater Count: 4
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: November 25th

7. The Descendants
Per-Theater Average: $41,038
Theater Count: 29
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Release Date: November 18th

8. Young Adult
Per-Theater Average: $38,783
Theater Count: 8
Distributor: Paramount
Release Date: December 9th

9. The Skin I Live In
Per-Theater Average: $37,187
Theater Count: 6
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: October 14th

10. Senna
Per-Theater Average: $36,749
Theater Count: 2
Distributor: Producer’s Distrubution Agency
Release Date: August 12th

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