By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 31, 2011 at 1:02AM
Drake Doremus's "Like Crazy" grossed $120,000 at the box office this weekend, according to estimates. The Sundance pickup, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the festival, opened on four screens care of distributor Paramount Vantage and averaged $30,000.
That's one of the 10 best specialty debuts of the year, following indie powerhouses like "Midnight in Paris," "The Tree of Life" and "Jane Eyre," as well as last weekend's strong debut from fellow Sundance alum "Martha Marcy May Marlene".
Speaking of which, Sean Durkin's "Martha" expanded from four to 32 screens in its second weekend and managed a $240,500 gross. That gave it a respectable 75% rise in grosses and a $7,517 average. After 10 days, the film's total stands at $439,544.
Among other openers was Michael Brandt's Richard Gere starrer "The Double," which opened on 11 screens for distributor Image Entertainment. The film grossed $27,545, averaging a mild $2,504.
Sony/Columbia went the limited route with Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous" and saw so-so results. On 265 screens, the film grossed $1,000,000 for a $3,774 average.
Gary Hustwit's "Urbanized," the third film in his design doc trilogy (following "Helvetica" and "Objectified"), debuted on a sole screen in New York and managed $12,205 -- a decent number and similar to the opening grosses of Hustwit's previous films.
As for other holdovers, Roadside Attractions aggressively expanded JC Chandor's Wall Street-set "Margin Call" from 56 to 140 screens and saw a 27% increase in grosses, taking in $713,285 for a strong $5,095 average. The film's total now stands at $1,474,532.
Meanwhile, Cohen Media Group expanded Jim Loach's Emily Watson-starrer "Oranges and Sunshine" in its second weekend from 4 to 15 screens and found a $34,309 gross for a $2,287 average.
Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" expanded from 21 to 31 screens in its third weekend and saw a $170,451 gross, averaging $5,498. The Sony Pictures Classics-released film's total now stands at $823,571. Notably, the film actually dropped 31% this weekend, despite the screen increase.
Emilio Estevez's "The Way," starring his father Martin Sheen, was on an impressive 258 screens this weekend via a unique partnership between Estevez, Elixir Films, Producers Distribution Agency and ARC Entertainment. The result was a $358,000 gross and a $1,388 average. The film's total now stands at $1,609,757.
Jeff Nichols' critically acclaimed "Take Shelter" expanded from 55 to 91 screens in its fifth weekend and saw an 11% uptick in grosses. The Sony Pictures Classics release, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, grossed $201,023 for a $2,209 average. The film's total now stands at $775,329.
Lech Majewski's "The Mill & The Cross" was on 10 screens in its seventh frame for Kino Lorber. The film took in an estimated $12,500, averaging $1,250 and taking its total to $188,998.
Cohen Media Group's release of Jean Becker's "My Afternoons With Margueritte" dropped from 38 screens to 32 in its seventh weekend. The film, which stars recent newsmaker Gérard Depardieu as an illiterate and lonely man who bonds with an older and well-read woman, took in $33,629, averaging $1,051. The film has now grossed a very respectable $516,414.
In its whopping 14th weekend, Sony Pictures Classics' release of John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard" continued to hold nicely as it crossed the $5 million mark last week. The Irish black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle dropped from 82 to 56 theaters and took in $66,585 for an average of $1,189. The film's total stands at $5,070,976.
Finally, comedian Kevin Hart continued to find fantastic numbers at the box office with his "Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain," an independently released movie version of his 2011 comedy tour. The film dropped from 103 to 51 screens and grossed another $41m464. That made for a $813 average and a stellar new total of $7,634,575, truly making it one of the most substantial indie success stories of the year.
The film was produced for only $750,000 by Jeff Clanagan, chief executive of independent production company Codeblack Entertainment, which distributed the movie domestically in AMC Theaters.
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