By Indiewire | Indiewire September 9, 2003 at 2:0AM
Getting High on The Box Office for Weekend #2, "Party Monster!"
by Brian Brooks
The box office good times continued for Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey's "Party Monster" as it opened in New York, L.A. and Chicago following its debut last weekend, capturing the top spot in the indieWIRE: BOT for the second week. New Yorker Films bowed "Taking Sides" and managed the second place on the chart, while Wellspring's "Carnage" opened in the third position as measured by per screen average. Miramax's "The Magdalene Sisters," meanwhile passed a box office threshold in its sixth weekend in theaters.
Strand Releasing's "Party Monster" remained number-one for a second weekend, keeping the box office high going on seven screens grossing $134,157 for a fabulous per screen average of $19,165. Since opening the previous weekend in San Francisco, "Party Monster" has cumed $161,190. Speaking with indieWIRE last weekend, Strand Releasing co-president Marcus Hu expressed his "thrill" at the film's opener in the Bay Area. He also said that he anticipated a "big opening" for the film in the three big U.S. cities, which most likely must have been great news for the Strand team who are here in Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival. The film took in $20,102 at the Castro Theatre in its debut last weekend.
New Yorker Films debuted Istvan Szabo's "Taking Sides" in two sites over the weekend. The film, based on the life of Wilhelm Furtwangler, the Nazi-era conductor of the Berlin philharmonic opened two screens taking in $22,051 for an $11,026 per screen average and a second place showing on the iW: BOT. Wellspring, meanwhile, bowed Delphine Gleize's "Carnage" on one screen. The drama grossed $7,139. And, Avatar Films opened high school crime film "Zero Day" by Ben Coccio on one screen as well, with $4,499 in ticket sales.
HBO Films/Fine Line's release, "American Splendor" remained in 88 theaters over the weekend taking in $580,938 with a $6,602 average ($12,675 average on Labor Day weekend). The film by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini has cumed over $2.8 million.
Miramax's 2002 Venice and Toronto favorite, "The Magdalene Sisters," spent its sixth weekend in release seeing its cume ascend passed the $3 million mark. For the 3-day total, the film grossed $568,438 on 283 screens ($2,009 average).
Next weekend, look the debuts of Greg Pritkin's "Dummy" and Sophia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," which are screening here in Toronto, and Everett Lewis' "Luster." Also opening this weekend is Eli Roth's "Cabin Fever," which Lions Gate acquired during last year's Toronto International Film Festival.