By Indiewire | Indiewire January 14, 2003 at 2:0AM
Box-Office Report: "Hable" con Dinero; "Confessions" and "Chicago" Have Strong Numbers; Film Forum Puts on the "Rouge"
by Brian Brooks
This week at the box office, Spanish hit "Hable con Ella" (Talk to Her) increased its number of screens, and its box office numbers, while Miramax's "Confessions of a "Dangerous Mind" and "Chicago" cashed in as well. The '70s French film "Le Cercle Rouge" opened to sell outs at New York's Film Forum and Cowboy's "Morvern Callar" cashed in during its fourth week, while "Slaughter Rule" opened quietly. Also, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" passed yet another box office threshold.
Sony Pictures Classics nearly doubled the number of screens for Pedro Almodovar's critically heralded "Talk to Her" in the release's eighth weekend. The Spanish drama's number of screeners went to 65, and the weekend gross was $383,249 for an average of $5,896 and a new total well over $2.8 million. Meanwhile, Robert Marshall's "Chicago" also grooved on the money train, adding just under $5.7 million on 362 screens for a celestial $15,720 average and a new $17.1 million total. Fellow Miramax film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is also on the high box-office bandwagon, averaging $16,362 on five screens ($81,812 for the weekend) for a $308,027 cume in its third full weekend.
French New Waver, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 film "Le Cercle Rouge" sold out every screening in its opening weekend at New York's Film Forum. The film originally opened in the U.S. as a dubbed version minus 40 minutes from the original. Now in its pristine original state, and distributed by Rialto Pictures, the work took in $14,850 in 12 screenings in the 150-seat theaters. Alex and Andrew Smith's Sundance film, "The Slaughter Rule" (Cowboy Pictures) had a slow second weekend making $1,461 on two screens for a cume of $2,523 and a $730 average. Meanwhile, Cowboy saw its Scottish-set film by Lynne Ramsay fare nicely in its one screen going into the fourth weekend earning $7,119 for a $70,528 cume.
Wellspring's "Russian Ark" remained very popular with $55,786 on three screens, for a $18,595 average and a $263,774 five-week total. Sony Pictures Classics' "Love Liza" also attracted large numbers of moviegoers to its five screens, taking in $53,439 for a $11,819 average.
Focus Entertainment had a decent third weekend for Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," earning an average $6,334 on 161 screens, almost double from last week. The film's latest cume is more than $2.4 million. Meanwhile, Todd Haynes' lauded "Far From Heaven" ended the weekend just shy of the $12 million mark, making $498,551 on 291 screens ($1,713 average).
"Nicholas Nickelby" finished its third weekend with $236,691 on 100 screens (an average of $2,364) for a total of $511,574. Newmarket's "Real Women Have Curves" earned $96,126 on 94 screens (average, $1023) and a new cume of just under $5.5 million since the film's mid-October opening, while another Latin-flavored winner, "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" took in $159,104 for a $1,675 per-screen average and a new total for the Samuel Goldwyn release of a little under $4.8 million.
Lions Gate passed the $3.9 million mark with its S&M love story "Secretary" earning $22,368 (the film was released last September). And, last but not least, IFC Films' colossal "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" marched passed the $230 million altar with a $2.1 million weekend on 1212 screens going into its ninth month of release, for a $1,732 per-screen average.