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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: Vital "Vicky," Paltry "Poole"

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 17, 2008 at 6:57AM

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and Mark Pellington's "Henry Poole Is Here" aggressively entered the late summer specialty derby to contrasting results. On 692 screens, The Weinstein Company and MGM's "Barcelona" showed a lot of promise, grossing $3.7 million and averaging $5,361. However, though it did much better than January's "Cassandra's Dream," "Barcelona" actually found an average slightly lower than Woody's last summer-Scarlett offering, 2006's considerably less applauded "Scoop." That film averaged $5,663 from 538 theaters. But "Scoop" didn't have the Olympics to contend with. "Poole," on the other hand, is a disappointment with or without Michael Phelps' shadow, managing just $800,000 on 527 screens for Overture Films, averaging only $1,518. Neither film looks to lead the iW BOT though, which ranks by per-theatre-average. Claude Chabrol's "A Girl Cut In Two" grossed $19,480 on 2 screens for IFC Films, averaging $9,740. That narrowly beat the average of Isabel Coixet's "Elegy," which remained on 6 screens on its second weekend and saw its grosses cut roughly in half, taking in $54,054 or $9,009 per run. indieWIRE will publish its weekly box office column Monday night and final weekend numbers for specialty and limited release films on Tuesday. 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, Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and Mark Pellington's "Henry Poole Is Here" aggressively entered the late summer specialty derby to contrasting results. On 692 screens, The Weinstein Company and MGM's "Barcelona" showed a lot of promise, grossing $3.7 million and averaging $5,361. However, though it did much better than January's "Cassandra's Dream," "Barcelona" actually found an average slightly lower than Woody's last summer-Scarlett offering, 2006's considerably less applauded "Scoop." That film averaged $5,663 from 538 theaters. But "Scoop" didn't have the Olympics to contend with. "Poole," on the other hand, is a disappointment with or without Michael Phelps' shadow, managing just $800,000 on 527 screens for Overture Films, averaging only $1,518. Neither film looks to lead the iW BOT though, which ranks by per-theatre-average. Claude Chabrol's "A Girl Cut In Two" grossed $19,480 on 2 screens for IFC Films, averaging $9,740. That narrowly beat the average of Isabel Coixet's "Elegy," which remained on 6 screens on its second weekend and saw its grosses cut roughly in half, taking in $54,054 or $9,009 per run. indieWIRE will publish its weekly box office column Monday night and final weekend numbers for specialty and limited release films on Tuesday. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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