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DAILY NEWS: Weekend Box Office; Gen Art Plans

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire September 4, 2002 at 2:0AM

DAILY NEWS: Weekend Box Office; Gen Art Plansby Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
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DAILY NEWS: Weekend Box Office; Gen Art Plans



by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE


>> BOX-OFFICE ROUND UP, Part 1: Labor Day Weekend


(indieWIRE: 09.04.02) -- Fox Searchlight's "The Good Girl" earned $3.8 million in its expansion to 667 screens nationwide over the long weekend. The film has
now earned $7.5 million since its debut. Also expanding to a wide release this
weekend was Focus Features' "Possession" which hit 612 screens. It grossed
$2.5 million over the holiday weekend, for a new cume of $6.5 million.


Fox saw its release of "One Hour Photo" flourish. The film earned
$3,326,289 on only 163 screens for a terrific per-screen average of $20,407.
It has already earned $3.8 million so far.


ThinkFilm earned $103,511 on 15 screens with "The Last Kiss," that's a per
screen average of $6,901. The film has earned $221,688 so far.


Over at United Artists, "24 Hour Party People" earned $182,598 on 32 screens for a $5,706 per screen and a new total of $630,196.


Cowboy Pictures' release of "Seven Samurai" earned $21,831 on two screens
in its first weekend. The company's "Kurosawa & Mifune" series earned
$8,806 on two screens for a new total of $184,271.


Magic Lamp's release of "Amy's Orgasm" earned $40,991 on six screens over
the Labor Day weekend, that's a $6,832 per screen and a new total of $47,784.
While Magic Lamp's release of "Sex and Lucia" with Palm earned $110,086 on 31 screens for an average of $3,551 and a new cume of $989,775.


Final numbers from IFC indicate that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" earned a final gross of $14.8 million for the long weekend, giving it a new total
of $82.5 million so far.


Films opening this weekend include Jean-Luc Godard's "In Praise of Love,"
Liz Garbus' "The Execution of Wanda Jean" at the Quad in NYC and "7 Days in September" at New York's Battery Park 16. [Eugene Hernandez]


[Tomorrow, indieWIRE will take a look back at Summer 2002 at the
box-office.]


>> Gen Art Launches New Events With Chrysler, Lincoln

(indieWIRE: 09.03.02) -- Gen Art, the organization that showcases emerging
talent in art, fashion, music, and film, is defying the economic blase with
two new sponsorships with Chrysler and Lincoln. Planned events get underway in September with Chrysler's seven-figure deal funding 60 programs in six
markets. The Gen Art/ Chrysler PT Studios program will launch with a parties
in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami
beginning September 12. Lincoln's New Cultural Icons program with Hearst
Publications will feature three one-night programs in L.A., Atlanta, and
Chicago featuring multi-disciplinary arts/entertainment events.


Gen Art said that its sponsorship revenue is up from $1.1 million in 2001 to
$2.7 million so far this year; the group hopes to triple its 2001 revenues.
Additionally, the company has opened new offices in Miami and Chicago and
expanded its presence in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.


"We are thrilled to be working with Chrysler and Lincoln to launch an
unprecedented number of events profiling emerging artists, in addition to
our own annual Gen Art programming," said Gen Art CEO Ian Gerard in a
prepared statement. "The growth of our partnerships and our company,
especially in this economic climate, is a reflection of our loyal audience."
[Brian Brooks]