Top Per-Theater Average: “Darling Companion” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sony Classics released Lawrence Kasdan’s first film since 2003 — “Darling Companion” — on 4 locations this weekend to somewhat disappointing results, but still enough find the best per-theater-average. “Companion” grossed $39,962 for a $9,991 average (notably down from the $11,574 estimated Sunday). Considering the presence of Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Weist and Richard Jenkins, one might have expected some higher numbers.
Best Debut: “Marley” (Magnolia)
Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley doc debuted on a substantial 42 theaters across the country and saw a very strong $262,004 gross as a result. Averaging $6,238, the film — which chronicles the life of reggae legend Bob Marley — is off to an excellent start ahead of further expansion and despite its presence on VOD (which it also debuted on this weekend). Of 8 new indie releases, it is most definitely the strongest.
Least Impressive Debut: “The Moth Diaries” (IFC Midnight)
IFC Midnight released Mary Harron’s boarding school horror flick “The Moth Diaries” on 2 screens, and the results were extremely weak as the film took in $2,276 from 2 screens, averaging $1,138. The film is also being released on VOD, which would seem to suit it a bit better, bit either way these numbers are not particularly
Most Impressive Holdover: “Turn Me On, Dammit” (New Yorker)
A year after its debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s “Turn Me On Dammit” is turning in some impressive grosses considering it is only on a single screen. In its fourth weekend, the film took in $6,170 — a 40% uptick from last weekend. The film has now totalled $38,633, which might not seem like enough but is a pretty great number for a tiny Norwegian film that has only screened in one theater at a time.
Milestone: “Friends With Kids” (Roadside Attractions) and “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” (CBS Films)
Lasse Hallstrom’s “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” and Jennifer Westfeldt’s “Friends WIth Kids” each crossed the $7 million mark in the past week, taking their totals to $7,077,215 and $7,089,135, respectively. That makes them by far the top grossing specialty releases of 2012.
Check out the full box office chart.