Top Per-Theater Average: “Footnote” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Following “In Darkness” and “A Separation,” Sony Classics went for the foreign language Oscar nominee hat trick with Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” which they debuted on 2 screens this weekend. The result was a strong $47,528 gross and a $23,764 average. It narrowly topped the 2 screen debut of Magnolia Pictures’ doc “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” — which averaged $21,018 — the highest of any film in release, wide or limited. That’s also higher than both the $9,138 “In Darkness” averaged last month (from 3 screens), and the $19,827 that “A Separation” averaged from 3 theaters back in December (more on both those films later).
Best Debuts: “Friends With Kids” (Roadside Attractions) and “Salmon Fishing In Yemen” (CBS Films)
While it remains to be seen how “Footnote” and “Sushi” do as they expand into wider release, two debuts — Jennifer Westfeldt’s “Friends With Kids” and Lasse Hallstrom’s “Salmon Fishing In Yemen” — were much more aggressive in their release strategies and the results were impressive.
Starring a large portion of the “Bridesmaids” cast (Jon Hamm, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd), as well as Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Ed Burns and Westfeldt herself, “Friends With Kids” took in $2,017,466 from an aggressive 374 screens. That made for a very respectable $5,467 per-theater-average ahead of an expansion to 600 screens next weekend.
CBS Films debuted “Salmon Fishing In Yemen” on 18 screens this weekend. Starring Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, the film grossed $225,894 averaging a strong $12,550. The film also had a extremely impressive Friday-to-Saturday bump.
“We were excited yesterday when we assumed that ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemen’ would see a typical specialized release Friday/Saturday jump of 38%,” CBS Films’ Grey Munford told Indiewire. “Instead the film had an $108,000 gross, an increase of 86% over Friday.”
Least Impressive Holdover: “Being Flynn” (Focus Features)
Last weekend’s underwhelming top debut, Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn” expanded from 4 to 12 screens this weekend and continued to disappoint. The film grew just 1% in grosses despite tripling its screen count, grossing just $44,571 for a $3,7154 average. The film’s total now stands at $102,986, despite the presence of Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano.
Milestones: “Pina“ (Sundance Selects)
In its 12th weekend of release, Wim Wenders’ 3-D doc “Pina” dropped from 64 to 50 screens and crossed the $3 million mark in the process. Grossing another $120,652, “Pina” impressively averaged $2,413 (considering its screen count and how long its been in release) and took its total to $3,030,121. That makes it the 50th highest grossing documentary of all time, and the second 3-D doc hit in a row for Sundance Selects, which made just over $5 million from “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”
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