Top Per-Theater-Average and Best Debut: "Forgiveness of Blood" (Sundance Selects)
Controversially disqualified from representing Albania at this year's Oscars, "Forgiveness of Blood" started off respectably even without Oscars push. Directed by Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace"), the film found the highest per-theater-average of any film in release, taking in $26,724 from 3 screens for a $8,908 average. Sundance Selects noted the film played to sold out houses in New York and will expand into the top 20 markets in March.
Most Impressive Holdover: "A Separation" (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Foreign Language Film Oscar winner continued to prove a very potent performer in its ninth weekend, jumping to 83 screens (from 54) and grossing $366,330. That's a 18.5% uptick from last weekend, and gave it the best average of any holdover - $4,414. The film's total stands at $2.53 million and counting, and now that it has that Oscar, the sky is pretty much the limit.
Most Disappointing Holdover: "Undefeated" (The Weinstein Company)
Though it received an Oscar nominee for best documentary (and a win Sunday night, though that isn't reflected here), "Undefeated" grossed a so-so $19,313 from 5 screens in its second weekend, dropping 41%. Suggestively The Weinstein Company release will get a big boost this coming weekend from its Oscar win, but so far its total is just $70,195 after 10 days of release.
Milestones: "The Artist" (The Weinstein Company)
Speaking of having Oscars, best picture winner "The Artist" had its best week ever in its whopping 14th weekend of release, crossing the $30 million mark in the process. The film grossed $2,905,858 from 966 screens, up 20% from last weekend. Averaging $3,008 per screen, the film's total grew to $31.8 million -- impressively now outgrossing fellow best picture nominees "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and "The Tree of Life" despite featuring no dialogue, color or notable stars. It's also now the 10th highest grossing film in The Weinstein Company's history, and should get another boost next weekend now that they can publicize its best picture win.
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