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"Mysterious Skin" Kidnaps the iW BOT

"Mysterious Skin" Kidnaps the iW BOT

by Brian Brooks

Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin" preyed upon the specialty box office last weekend, assuming the primary position on the chart, ranked on a per screen basis. Fine Line's "The Holy Girl," meanwhile held onto the second position in its second weekend of release, while last week's number one, "A Tout de Suite" from Cinema Guild added one screen, finishing the weekend ending Sunday, May 8 at number three. THINKFilm's "Dallas 362" debuted in Los Angeles, placing on the chart's top tier, while other openers entered the iW BOT in lower positions. "Kung Fu Hustle" remained by far the largest single specialty earner last weekend, although its share continued to decline along with its number of screens. The overall specialty gross and average also declined.

Tartan Films and TLA Releasing's joint rollout of Toronto/Sundance feature "Mysterious Skin" opened one theater in New York over the weekend, taking the number one spot on the iW BOT. The film, directed by indie veteran Gregg Araki, grossed $17,425.

"New York has really set it up for the rest of the country," said Tartan Films' Bob Myerson to indieWIRE yesterday. "Older audiences [came to] the earlier shows, and the later shows were a mixed bag [with] traditional Araki fans and women. [It was] all over the board."

Myerson, who first saw the film at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, said Tartan and TLA will open the film in Los Angeles and San Francisco May 27, followed by the top ten markets in the following two weeks.

Fine Line's "The Holy Girl," maintained its hold in second place on the chart, taking in $21,069 on two screens. The film averaged $10,535, a 26% decline from the debut $14,164 figure, and its two week cume is $61,985.

Cinema Guild's French feature, "A Tout de Suite" added one location in its second weekend, grossing $13,421, averaging $6,711. Last week, the film took in $15,637 on one screen, a 57% drop on a per screen basis.

THINKFilm's "Dallas 362" played on one screen, grossing $5,298, giving the film a fourth placement on the chart. The film played one L.A. screen after first opening in Columbus and Austin, although this is the first time the film has reported grosses. In other theatrical openers, IFC Films rolled out "Brothers" on two screens ($8,161, $4,081 average) and First Run Features debuted "Le Grand Role" on one screen ($1,839). Miramax, meanwhile, opened "Twin Sisters" ($1,207) also at one location.

Magnolia Pictures' "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" was the third largest overall grosser (Fox Searchlight's "Millions" had the second highest gross), placing seventh on the chart with a $4,133 per screen average. The doc grossed $404,998 on 98 screens, an increase of 49 from the previous week. Last week, the film averaged $8,407, 51% higher then the current period.

Sony Classics' "Kung Fu Hustle" was again a sizeable percentage of the overall iW BOT in its fifth weekend in theaters. The film, directed by Stephen Chow, took in almost $2 million on 904 screens, approximately 34% of the overall specialty take of nearly $3.56 million. "Kung Fu Hustle" averaged $1,325, a 3% decline from last week, although the film played 1,536 fewer screens. The film has cumed over $14.72 million.

Over the weekend, 89 specialty titles played 2,771 screens, averaging $1,386, a decline of over 7% from the previous week. Last week, the chart had a $6.67 million gross. Factoring out "Kung Fu Hustle," the remaining 88 titles took in $2.36 million on 1,867 screens, averaging $1,264.

This week's openings include "Kings and Queen," "Layer Cake," "Ma Mere," "Mad Hot Ballroom," "Mogdigliani," and "Tell Them Who You Are."

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