"Bend it Like Beckham" and "Spun" Continue Strongly in Limited Releases
by Brian Brooks
"Bend it Like Beckham" by Gurinder Chadha spent its second weekend of release cashing in on packed theaters, while Jonas Akerlund's "Spun" opened in one more theater managing nice box office numbers. Also continuing well is Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," while "Fulltime Killer" by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai opened more modestly on one screen.
Fox Searchlight had a great second weekend with the British feature "Bend it Like Beckham" earning $178,076 on eight screens for a fab $22,260 for a $437,865 total. Meanwhile, Newmarket Films' "Spun" added one more theater with screenings in New York and Los Angeles. The debut feature by Madonna's "Ray of Light" music video director earned $27,979 for a $51,057 cume. The crowds packing the two venues are "mainly younger college-aged and [people] under 30," according to Bill Thompson from Newmarket.
Thompson told indieWIRE that the film grossed $10,731 at the Sunshine Theater in downtown Manhattan, while the film, starring Jason Schwartzman and Brittany Murphy about a group of California kids hooked on crystal-meth, took in $17,248 at the Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Thompson said Newmarket plans to roll the film out in an additional six markets next week including San Francisco, Seattle and Philadelphia, with Chicago, and San Diego among the other cities to be added later. Newmarket Films chief Bob Berney told indieWIRE that he was "happy, especially with everything going on this weekend like the war and Oscar awards." He also added that he expects San Francisco to be great for the movie.
Opening more quietly over the weekend was Palm Pictures' "Fulltime Killer." The film screened at one theater earning $3,676. Lions Gate Films' shocker "Irreversible" spent its third weekend on 26 screens, taking in $65,272 ($2,510 average) for a new $328,212 cume. IFC's "The Safety of Objects" by Rose Troche played on 19 screens for a $23,848 weekend and a $1,255 average. So far the film, released on March 7th, has taken in $249,554.
Gus Van Sant's "Gerry" earned $18,359 on nine screens for an average of $2,040 and a cume of $184,660.
"The Pianist," which won three Oscars over the weekend including one for director Roman Polanski for best director, had a box office just over $1 million over the awards weekend on 540 screens. The Focus Features film averaged $1,910 and made it past the $20 million mark. Multiple Spirit Award-winner "Far From Heaven" played on 125 screens making $230,799 for a per screen average of $1,846, a 3% increase from the previous week. The film has so far earned $15,588,212.
Opening this week in theaters is the acclaimed New York indie "Spun," along with Steve James' powerful doc "Stevie," Robert Duvall's "Assassination Tango," and Jia Khang-Ke's "Unknown Pleasures."