BOX-OFFICE REPORT: "Amandla" and "Open Hearts" Among New Indie and Specialty Releases
by Eugene Hernandez
A number of new documentaries and foreign-language films are among the indie and specialty films currently competing for attention at arthouses and multiplexes. Artisan's release of the Sundance award-winner, "Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony," debuted last week earning $14,418 over the weekend. The doc earned a total of $19,904 on one screen in its first five days of release. It will hit theaters in Los Angeles and Chicago this week and other cities throughout the month of March.
IFC Films' release of the doc "Lost in La Mancha" continued its run. It earned $62,521 on 20 screens for a $3,126 per-screen average. The film has a cume of nearly $320,000.
Among other docs in release in limited release in New York are Mark Moskowitz's "Stone Reader" which is kicking off a nationwide tour via Jet Films and Jeff Lipsky, as well as Nina Gilden Seavey's "The Ballad of Bering Strait" which will open in Washington D.C. this weekend. It is being released by Ira Deutchman's Emerging Pictures.
Newmarket's release of Susanne Bier's Dogme feature "Open Hearts" from Denmark opened on two screens. It earned a total of $14,224 for an average of more than $7,000.
Wellspring's Fassbinder retrospective continued at the Film Forum in downtown Manhattan, with screenings of "Fox and His Friends." The series earned $7,534 on one screen for a new cume of $29,033 after two weekends. The series will continue through the end of March in New York before heading to other cities around the United States. Wellspring's other releases include "Russian Ark," which earned $83,354 on 15 screens for a new cume of $915,426 after 11 weeks. "Alias Betty" made a total of $1,525 on two screens for a total of $198,482 after 24 weeks.
First Look's "Lawless Heart" opened on one screen in New York and earned $15,544. It will expand to seven markets over the next few weeks according to the distributor, while Paramount Classics' "Till Human Voices Wake Us" opened on five screens. The film earned $7,968 for an average of $1,594.
Sony Pictures Classics release of "All The Real Girls" earned $24,033 on 7 screens in its second weekend for an average of 3,433. The movie, which debuted at Sundance last month, has made $82,677 so far.
Gus Van Sant's experimental "Gerry," from ThinkFilm, made $16,135 on four screens for an average of $4,034 and a new total of $50,850 since its debut. Meanwhile, Samuel Goldwyn and IDP earned $66,889 on 16 screens with "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not." The film had an average of $4,181 and has a new cume of $181,26. Strand's release of "His Secret Life" earned $5,673 on two screens for a new total of $183,588.
Among the Oscar nominees, "The Pianist" from Focus made nearly $1.2 million over the weekend on 509 screens for an average of $2,275. It has earned nearly $13 million so far. The company's release of nominee "Far From Heaven" continues. It made $159,234 over the weekend, for an average of $1,750 and a new cume of $14.3 million so far.
Sony Classics release of "Talk to Her" made $381,801 on 181 screens. It had an average of $2,109 and has made $6.3 million after 14 weeks in release.
Other Academy Award nominees include "Chicago" from Miramax, which earned $8.2 million on 2,355 screens for a $3,499 average. "Gangs of New York" earned $674,069 on 660 screens for an average of $1,021 and a new total of $73.6 million. "Frida" earned $174,490 on 127 screens for a total of $24 million. Miramax' "The Quiet American" made $1 million on 186 screens for an average of $5,738 and a total of $4.3 million.
Due in theaters this week are Adrian Caetano's "Bolivia" which will debut at Film Forum, Dan Wolman's "Foreign Sister" which will open at the Quad Cinema in New York City, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's doc, "Horns and Halos" at Cinema Village in Manhattan, and David Cronenberg's "Spider," starring Lynn Redgrave, Miranda Richardson, and Gabriel Byrne.