By Indiewire | Indiewire April 15, 2003 at 2:00AM
"Better Luck Tomorrow" Steals the Box Office; Zombie Takes "Corpses" to Theaters
by Brian Brooks
Three specialty films joined the fray over the weekend and most definitely Justin Lin's first feature, "Better Luck Tomorrow," reigned over the box office.
Lions Gate's "House of 1000 Corpses" also opened to decent crowds and Austin Chick's "XX/XY" debuted mildly. Meanwhile, "Bend it Like Beckham" continues to kick some box office arse.
MTV Films and Paramount Classics opened "Better Luck Tomorrow" on Friday in thirteen theaters racking up a fab per theater average of $27,752 for the film about a group of over-achievers who turn to crime. In its first weekend, the film earned $360,772.
Rob Zombie's horror flick, "The House of 1000 Corpses" debuted on 595 screens from Lions Gate, earning the rocker's feature slightly under $3.5 million for a wicked $5,816 average.
"XX/XY" opened on five screens taking in $17,089 for a $3,418 aveage. The IFC Films release took in a total of $17,089. Fellow IFC Films release "Lost in La Mancha" increased its per screen average slightly from the previous weekend to $1,504 (from $1,237 the last weekend) for a $12,032 weekend on eight screens. The film has a cume of $628,688 since its January 31 release.
Fox Searchlight is on a winning streak with "Bend it Like Beckham." Gurinder Chadha's football feature took in a little less than $1.4 million on 216 screens for a riotous $6,369 average. The film has totaled nearly $4.3 million.
Destination Films/Samuel Goldwyn's "Cowboy Bebop" continued nicely in weekend two, taking in $133,246 on 23 screens. Shinichiro Watanabe's film averaged $5,793 and has a total of $433,381. The Samuel Goldwyn/Fireworks Pictures release "Raising Victor Vargas" meanwhile played on 20 screens for a $3,256 average and a total of $65,127. So far, the downtown Manhattan-set film has made $173,126.
Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit Proof Fence" passed a milestone over the weekend surging past the $6 million mark. The feature screened in 77 venues grossing $86,272 for an average of $1,120.
Sony Classics rolled out "The Man without a Past" on weekend two in two additional theaters grossing $28,222 (a $7,056 average) on four screens. So far the film has earned $62,204. Fellow Sony release, "Laurel Canyon" by Lisa Cholodenko, approached the $2 million mark with a $325,638 gross on 104 screens. The feature starring Frances McDormand averaged $3,131.
Movies galore will open this week including "A Mighty Wind," "Chasing Papi," the Oscar-nominated "Winged Migration," "Love and Diane," "Lilya 4-Ever," and "House of Fools."