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iW NEWS | 3-Day Weekend Estimates: "Django" Leads, "Hamlet" Tanks

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 31, 2008 at 8:01AM

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django" led the reporting specialty films in the three-day portion of Labor Day weekend, grossing $10,236 on one screen. Behind it was the opening of Sony Pictures Classics's "I Served The King of England," which grossed $53,554 on 8 screens for a $6,694 average. The real winners of the the rather slow weekend, though, were a pair of Penelope Cruz holdovers. Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" remained on 692 screens and fell just one tenth of a percent from last weekend, grossing $3.00 million and taking its total to $12.78 million. Isabel Coixet's "Elegy" went from 92 to 139 screens and grossed $647,000, taking its total to $1.57 million. Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" also continued to shine. Now on 69 screens, the Sony Pictures Classics hit and Sundance winner grossed $287,000 to bring its total to $779,000. Meanwhile, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2" became an official failure this weekend, joining the ranks of the most unfortunate Sundance purchases. Expanding to 1,597 screens, the Focus Features flick grossed just $1.68 million, averaging $1,051. To put that in perspective, thats $500 less per theatre than the fifth week of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." indieWIRE will publish four-day estimates Monday and its weekly box office column Tuesday night. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]
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According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django" led the reporting specialty films in the three-day portion of Labor Day weekend, grossing $10,236 on one screen. Behind it was the opening of Sony Pictures Classics's "I Served The King of England," which grossed $53,554 on 8 screens for a $6,694 average. The real winners of the the rather slow weekend, though, were a pair of Penelope Cruz holdovers. Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" remained on 692 screens and fell just one tenth of a percent from last weekend, grossing $3.00 million and taking its total to $12.78 million. Isabel Coixet's "Elegy" went from 92 to 139 screens and grossed $647,000, taking its total to $1.57 million. Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" also continued to shine. Now on 69 screens, the Sony Pictures Classics hit and Sundance winner grossed $287,000 to bring its total to $779,000. Meanwhile, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2" became an official failure this weekend, joining the ranks of the most unfortunate Sundance purchases. Expanding to 1,597 screens, the Focus Features flick grossed just $1.68 million, averaging $1,051. To put that in perspective, thats $500 less per theatre than the fifth week of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." indieWIRE will publish four-day estimates Monday and its weekly box office column Tuesday night. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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