BOX OFFICE REPORT: "Spider" Spins a Web of Cash in Limited Release; "Horns and Halos" Opens in New York
by Brian Brooks
Sony Pictures Classics released "Spider" over the weekend, weaving a sizeable $200,000 in limited showings. "Poolhall Junkies" opened in 179 screens to sobering box office numbers, while "Amandla!" spent its second weekend screening in crowded theaters and "Gerry" wandered into decent averages in its third weekend of release. Also, self-distributed doc "Horns and Halos" bowed in one Manhattan venue.
David Cronenberg's "Spider" opened in New York and Los Angeles last week spinning a healthy $189,350 on 27 screens. The psychological thriller starring Ralph Fiennes as a troubled man battling to confront his mother's death averaged $7,013 per screen.
"Poolhall Junkies" by Gregory "Mars" Martin opened on 179 screens taking in $301,856. The film, released by Gold Circle Films/Samuel Goldwyn scratched with a $1,686 per-screen average. Meanwhile, Samuel Goldwyn's "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" by Laetitia Columbani spent its third weekend on 19 screens taking in $77,615 for a per-screen average of $4,085 and a new cume of $286,891.
Gus Van Sant's "Gerry," starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, spent weekend number three on 10 screens making $36,231 for a $3,621 average. The film, about two friends lost wandering the desert, has made $95,116 since its Valentine's Day debut.
Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's documentary "Horns and Halos" opened at Manhattan's Cinema Village over the weekend. The film documents "punk" publisher Sander Hicks' fight to publish a controversial biography of George W. Bush, by J.H. Hatfield, entitled "Fortunate Son." The self-distributed film, which won best documentary last year at the New York Underground Film Festival, took in $4,900 on one screen.
Artisan's "Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony" sang to the tune of $27,212 on three screens in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles for a $9,071 average and a $55,239 cume. IFC Films' "Lost in La Mancha" screened in 24 venues making $72,428 over the weekend, averaging $3,018 per screen and a new total of $418,536.
Miramax opened Phillip Noyce's "The Quiet American" in an additional 36 theaters taking in a howling $1.1 million on 222 screens for a $5,061 per-venue average and a cume of just under $5.8 million. Fellow Miramax release "City of God" appeared on 37 screens averaging $4,370 for a weekend gross of $161,684 and a new total of more than $1.6 million.
David Gordon Green's "All the Real Girls" spent its third weekend on 14 screens grossing $48,432. The Southern romance averaged $3,459 and has a new cume of $141,311. Fellow Sony pic "Talk to Her" lit up 156 screens for a $361,312 weekend take, averaging $2,316, up slightly from the previous week's $2,109. Since its release in November, the Oscar nominee has made more than $6.8 million.
Focus Features saw two of its Oscar-nominated films increase their weekend box office averages. "Far From Heaven" by Todd Haynes grossed $211,897 on 97 screens, a 33 percent increase from the previous week. The film has totaled over $14.6 million. Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" increased its take by 26 percent grossing more than $1.4 million on 564 screens for a $2,587 average. The film has a cume of more than $14.8 million.
Meanwhile, Wellspring has a triumph with "Russian Ark." The film broke box office records at its screenings at Landmark Theater's Opera Plaza in San Francisco as well as the American Film Institute's Kennedy Center Theater. The film took in $102,435 on 21 screens for a $4,878 average and a new total over $1 million.
This weekend look for Lions Gate's opening of the controversial French film "Irreversible" by director Gaspar Noe. Also, Sony Classics will open "Laurel Canyon" and IFC Films will release "The Safety of Objects." Caroline Link's Oscar-nominated "Nowhere in Africa" will screen on two Manhattan venues and Hideo Nakata's "Chaos" will open at The Cinema Village.