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Specialty Box Office: 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Open Strong In Big Weekend For Weinsteins

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 29, 2014 at 1:23PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw The Weinstein Company (and their arm RADiUS-TWC) have a huge weekend thanks to "Begin Again," "Snowpiercer" and (to a lesser degree) "Yves Saint Laurent."
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Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw The Weinstein Company (and their arm RADiUS-TWC) have a huge weekend thanks to "Begin Again," "Snowpiercer" and (to a lesser degree) "Yves Saint Laurent."

The Debuts:

Debut Winners of the Weekend: "Begin Again" and "Snowpiercer." After a slow few weeks at the specialty box office, The Weinstein Company and their offshoot RADiUS-TWC saw very strong openings from John Carney's "Begin Again" and Joon-ho Bong's "Snowpiercer." The former -- which the Weinsteins have been sitting on since Toronto -- suggested it has the goods to be considerable counter-programming to studio fare.  Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Livine, the musical romance grossed $148,325 from 5 theaters for a strong $29,655 per-theater-average. That was the highest average of any film in release, including "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and certainly promises good things for the film's expansion in the coming weeks.  "Snowpiercer," meanwhile, was released in 8 theaters and grossed an equally impressive $162,127.  Set in a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off all life on the planet except for a lew that boarded the a train that travels around the globe, the film averaged a potent $20,266. How it holds up as it expands will be its big test, but for now there's certainly reason for the folks at RADiUS to celebrate.

"Snowpiercer"
Radius-TWC "Snowpiercer"

This Weekend's Debuts:

1. Begin Again (The Weinstein Company)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $148,325
Theaters: 5
Per-Theater-Average: $29,665
Total Gross: $148,325
Criticwire Average: B

2. Snowpiercer (RADiUS-TWC)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $162,127
Theaters: 8
Per-Theater-Average: $20,266
Total Gross: $162,127
Criticwire Average: A-

3. America (Lionsgate)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $39,000
Theaters: 3
Per-Theater-Average: $13,00
Total Gross: $39,000
Criticwire Average: C-

4. Yves Saint Laurent (The Weinstein Company)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $24,502
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $12,251
Total Gross: $36,156
Criticwire Average: C+

5. The Breakup Guru (China Lion)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $67,000
Theaters: 12
Per-Theater-Average: $5,583
Total Gross: $67,000
Criticwire Average:

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6. Siddharth (Zeitgeist)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $4,500
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $4,500
Total Gross: $4,500
Criticwire Average: B

7. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (Film Buff/Participant)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $24,301
Theaters: 12
Per-Theater-Average: $2,025
Total Gross: $$24,301
Criticwire Average: B+

Head over to the next page for a rundown of holdover grosses...

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