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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Water" Leads, "Hamlet" So-So

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 24, 2008 at 8:23AM

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Sundance winner, "Trouble the Water," looks to lead the iW BOT, averaging $9,427 from 3 screens for a $28,281 total. That total was overwhelmingly from the Zeitgeist release's IFC Center engagement, were it grossed $21,501. Another Sundance alum, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2," opened below rather huge expectations. Opening on 103 screens before a wide release next weekend, the Focus Features release grossed a mild $435,294, averaging $4,226. Another opener, Patrick Creadon's "I.O.U.S.A.," debuted on 18 screens and also found a soft $3,460 average, though certainly expectations were far lighter than "Hamlet." The national debt-doc grossed $62,278 in total for Roadside Attractions ("Momma's Man," this weekend's other notable opener, has yet to submit estimates). Among holdovers, two Penelope Cruz starrers, "Elegy," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," held on very nicely. "Elegy" expanded from 6 to 92 screens for IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films and held on to a promising $5,458 average, while "Barcelona" continued to show strength on its static 692 screens, taking in a another $3,003,000. Dropping just 20%, it brings the Woody Allen film to a $8,569,474 total after 10 days. 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, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Sundance winner, "Trouble the Water," looks to lead the iW BOT, averaging $9,427 from 3 screens for a $28,281 total. That total was overwhelmingly from the Zeitgeist release's IFC Center engagement, were it grossed $21,501. Another Sundance alum, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2," opened below rather huge expectations. Opening on 103 screens before a wide release next weekend, the Focus Features release grossed a mild $435,294, averaging $4,226. Another opener, Patrick Creadon's "I.O.U.S.A.," debuted on 18 screens and also found a soft $3,460 average, though certainly expectations were far lighter than "Hamlet." The national debt-doc grossed $62,278 in total for Roadside Attractions ("Momma's Man," this weekend's other notable opener, has yet to submit estimates). Among holdovers, two Penelope Cruz starrers, "Elegy," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," held on very nicely. "Elegy" expanded from 6 to 92 screens for IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films and held on to a promising $5,458 average, while "Barcelona" continued to show strength on its static 692 screens, taking in a another $3,003,000. Dropping just 20%, it brings the Woody Allen film to a $8,569,474 total after 10 days. 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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