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October 5, 2008 8:34 AM
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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Rachel" Scores Massive PTA

According to estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married" led indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) - which ranks the per theater average of all reporting specialty films. The Sony Pictures Classics release averaged $33,659, grossing a stunning $302,934 from just 9 locations. Also opening quite well was Larry Charles' Bill Maher doc, "Religulous." The Lionsgate release grossed $3,500,000 from 502 screens, averaging $6,972 in a very crowded marketplace. Not managing as well was Miramax release "Blindness." Fernando Meirelles' film opened on a wide 1,690 screens and grossed $2,002,000, averaging $1,185. Holdovers included a successful expansion for Saul Dibb's "The Duchess," which added 72 screens to bring its total to 127 but maintained a $7,047 average and brought its 3 week cume to $1,889,728. Meanwhile IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films' surprise Christian hit "Fireproof" fell a moderate 40%, grossing another $4,068,759 and taking its total to $12,491,466. indieWIRE will publish its weekly box office column Monday night and the full iW BOT Tuesday afternoon. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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