Top Per-Theater Average: "Moonrise Kingdom" (Focus Features)
Focus Features-released "Moonrise Kingdom" held up very nicely after last weekend's record breaking debut, expanding from 4 to 16 theaters and jumping 68% in grosses. It took in $876,881, which made for a massive $54,805 -- by far the best second weekend average for any specialty release this year. That gave the film a total gross of $1,737,093 despite an extremely limited release. It also impressively jumped 42% from Friday to Saturday, which bodes very well.
"'Moonrise' continues to generate outstanding results this weekend," Focus Features said in a statement. "Saturday's large increase over Friday (42 per cent) reflects theaters adding more seats in response to demand (there were sellouts throughout the day). The estimated $53K theater average defines the film’s powerful box office momentum."
The film is having another expansion this upcoming Friday, and if it can continue the momentum of its first 10 days, Focus Features could be looking at a major indie breakout. The film even topped the previous best second weekend average, which was Oscar-favored "The King's Speech." That film averaged $54,086 from six screens back in 2010. It went on to gross $135 million.
Worst Debut: "High School" (Anchor Bay)
There were no particularly great debuts to speak of this weekend, but there was Adrien Brody-starrer "High School" was released on an aggressive 200 screens this weekend care of Anchor Bay and the results were not good. Averaging just $414 per screen, the John Stalberg, Jr.-directed comedy took in only $82,740. There's unlikely to be much more where that came from.
Second-Most Second Weekend: "The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Company)
Also doing very well this weekend was Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano's "The Intouchables," which went from 4 to 50 theaters for its second frame. While no match for the sophomore success of "Moonrise," it still jumped 211% in the process and grossed an estimated $321,951, averaging $6,439. That gave the film a new total of $488,563 as it heads into further expansion.
The film is already a massive hit overseas, taking in over $343 million -- including $166 million in its native France alone.
Milestone: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight)
John Madden's older-audience skewing "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" continued to also prove itself one of 2012's true indie breakouts this weekend care of Fox Searchlight, crossing the $25 million mark.
On 1,294 screens (up slightly from 1,233), the film -- which stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson as a group of seniors retiring in India -- dropped just 29% to gross a fantastic $4,483,083 over the weekend. That gave it a $3,465 per-theater-average and put it in the overall top six. The film's total now stands at $25,379,688.
The film is now the highest grossing indie of 2012, and a final gross north of $40 million is quite possible. It's already grossed over $100 million worldwide (more on that here).
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