"Quiet American" a Little Louder in Additional Theaters as "La Mancha" and "Blind Spot" Fair Well
by Brian Brooks
Miramax rolls out "The Quiet American" on 44 screens after spending most of its strong release in a few select theaters. "Lost in La Mancha" opened in one additional venue in its second weekend out, and Sony Pictures Classics "Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary" played nicely in its third weekend in release.
Phillip Noyce's film, set during the waning years of French rule in Vietnam, "The Quiet American" starring Sir Michael Caine, opened in 36 additional screens making a hefty $538,321 over the weekend for an imperial $12,235 per screen average and a total just under $1.3 million. The film had been screening in only a very limited number of select theaters since its debut in late November. Meanwhile, Noyce's other Miramax release, "Rabbit Proof-Fence," took in $349,614 on 153 screens for a $2,285 average and a new cume just over $3.9 million.
IFC Films' doc on the demise of Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote production, "Lost in La Mancha" by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, spent its second weekend in nine theaters with a box office of $51,593 for a $5,733 average and a new $142,715 cume. Sony Pictures Classics' doc on a former secretary of Adolph Hitler, "Blind Spot" made $12,956 on its three venues for a $4,319 per screen take and a new total of $49,739.
Wellspring's "Russian Ark" continued its well-attended screenings in its ninth weekend making $79,843 on 12 screens for a $6,654 average. The average was virtually unchanged from the previous weekend. Fernando Meirelles' "City of God" averaged well with $7,989 for a $207,708 weekend box office on 26 screens. The film has so far made $959,336.
Focus Features' "The Pianist" took in $996,685 on 328 screens across the country for a $3,039 average and a total just over $9 million. First Run Features' "Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times" averaged $4,757 on 4 screens and a weekend total of $19,029. The film's total stands at $159,124.
Sony's increased Almodovar's "Talk to Her" to 105 screens from 82 last week earning $399,828 for a $3,808 average, down a little from $4,317 the previous week and a new cume just under $5 million.
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" added just over $1 million over the weekend in 971 screens for a big phat total just shy of $240 million ($1,033 average). Meanwhile fellow box office titan "Bowling for Columbine" fired past a target in its 17th weekend in release on $152,508 ($1,074 average) on 142 screens for a new cume just over $18.1 million.