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Specialty Box Office: 'Amour' Gets A Big Oscar Bump; 'Quartet' Leads Openers

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 13, 2013 at 3:04PM

Expanding from 3 to 15 screens, Michael Haneke's "Amour" had the best per-theater-average of any holdover release, clearly benefiting from its surprise 5 Oscar nominations including best picture and best director (the overall box office was led by another film that got an Oscar boost, "Zero Dark Thirty").
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Amour

Expanding from 3 to 15 screens, Michael Haneke's "Amour" had the best per-theater-average of any holdover release, clearly benefiting from its surprise 5 Oscar nominations including best picture and best director (the overall box office was led by another film that got an Oscar boost, "Zero Dark Thirty").

The film grossed $270,575, a 352% jump from last weekend. It averaged $18,038, helping take the Sony Pictures Classics title's total to $651,851 ahead of what will surely be a healthy expansion to more screens.

Also getting a boost was "Silver Linings Playbook," which had its best weekend ever in its 9th frame.  Adding 65 screens to hit 810, the film jumped 38% to gross $5,000,000. That made for a $6,173 average and a new total of $41,305,705. Distributor The Weinstein Company will expand the film -- nominated for best picture and in every acting category -- wide next weekend.

The best per-theater-average overall went to The Weinstein Company's Oscar nomination-less newbie "Quartet," which opened on 2 screens after having a Oscar qualifying run in December. The film -- starring Maggie Smith (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role) -- grossed $50,033, averaging $25,017.

Full list of numbers for reporting openers and holdovers on the next page, ranked by per-theater-average.

"Quartet"
"Quartet"
The Debuts:

1. Quartet
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $50,033
Theaters: 2
Average: $25,017
Cumulative Total:  $50,033

2. Let My People Go!
Distributor: Zeitgeist
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $2,299
Theaters: 1
Average: $2,299
Cumulative Total:  $2,299

The Holdovers

1. Amour
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $270,575
Theaters: 15 (up from 3)
Average: $18,038
Cumulative Total:  $651,851

2. Silver Linings Playbook
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross: $5,000,000
Theaters: 810 (up form 745)
Average: $6,173
Cumulative Total: $41,305,705

3. The Impossible
Distributor: Summit
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $2,550,000
Theaters: 808 (up from 572)
Average: $3,156
Cumulative Total:  $6,864,089

4. Hyde Park on Hudson
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross: $704,619
Theaters: 246 (up from 222)
Average: $2,864
Cumulative Total: $4,294,423

5. Rust and Bone
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross: $197,871
Theaters: 79 (up from 39)
Average: $2,505
Cumulative Total: $1,155,039

6. Anna Karenina
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross: $220,661
Theaters: 144 (down from 163)
Average: $1,532
Cumulative Total: $11,938,823

7. West of Memphis
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $2,935
Theaters: 2 (down from 4)
Average: $1,468
Cumulative Total:  $46,414

8. The Other Son
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 12
Gross: $10,720
Theaters: 8 (down from 13)
Average: $1,340
Cumulative Total: $1,220,807

9. Holy Motors
Distributor: Indomina Media
Weeks in Release: 11
Gross: $16,788
Theaters: 13 (down from 18)
Average: $1,291
Cumulative Total: $588,099

10. Searching For Sugar Man
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 25
Gross:  $27,174
Theaters: 22 (down from 26)
Average: $1,235
Cumulative Total:  $3,096,128

11. Chasing Ice
Distributor: Submarine Deluxe
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross: $44,787
Theaters: 42 (down from 49)
Average: $1,066
Cumulative Total: $940,349

12. Hitchcock
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross: $83,800
Theaters: 127 (up from 118)
Average: $660
Cumulative Total: $5,643,296

13. Not Fade Away
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $41,000
Theaters: 177 (down from 565)
Average: $232
Cumulative Total:  $574,787