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"Mysterious Skin" Goes Another Round with the iW BOT

"Mysterious Skin" Goes Another Round with the iW BOT

by Brian Brooks

Perhaps feeling the heat from "Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith," specialty offerings remained light last weekend ahead of the summer release season, which begins Memorial weekend. Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin" again regained its position as the number one 'indie' offering in terms of per screen average, with one screen. Last week's number one title "Mad Hot Ballroom" remained strong following an expansion and Cinema Guild's "A Toute de Suite" also followed suit in its own limited screen additions. Magnolia's "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," meanwhile, became the biggest single specialty earner.

Tartan Films and TLA Releasing's "Mysterious Skin" seduced the apex of the iW BOT once again, giving the film $13,300 at once location, a decline of 19% from the previous week. The film, which has been in release for three weekends, has cumed $45,348.

Last week's number one, "Mad Hot Ballroom" from Paramount Classics, meanwhile averaged $9,931 after adding 13 locations. The award-winning Slamdance 2005 doc grossed $148,971 from 15 screens, while the average itself declined by 56%. In two weeks, the film has cumed $216,265.

Taking the third and fourth positions on the chart were Cinema Guild's "A Tout de Suite" (four screens, averaging $5,081, a 51% decline) and Wellspring's "Kings & Queen," (five screens averaging $4,836, a 40% drop).

The only new entry to the chart was Regent Releasing's "Sex, Politics, & Cocktails." The film entered the iW BOT at number eight, opening on two screens, grossing $6,058 ($3,029 average).

"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" wrestled the top specialty earner status from "Kung Fu Hustle" last weekend. The doc took in $331,007 from 151 screens, averaging $2,192. The previous week, the doc averaged $3,129, a 30% decline.

This weekend's offerings include Palm Pictures' "Bomb the System," Magnolia Pictures' "League of Ordinary Gentlemen," Sony Pictures Classics' "Saving Face," and "Sequins" by New Yorker Films.

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