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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.

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:

N/A

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...

"Obvious Child."

The Holdovers:

Holdover Winner of the Weekend: "Obvious Child." Continuing to make good on its Sundance promise, A24 brought Gillian Robespierre's "abortion rom com" from 55 to 196 theaters this weekend and saw more promising numbers.  The film crossed the $1 million mark as it grossed another $556,000, averaging a strong $2,837.

The Holdover Top 10:

1. Code Black (Long Shot)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $20,700
Theaters: 2 (up from 1)
Per-Theater-Average: $10,350
Total Gross: $31,600
Criticwire Average: A-

2. A Summer's Tale (Big Wolrd)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $11,000
Theaters: 2 (even with last weekend)
Per-Theater-Average: $5,500
Total Gross: $32,900
Criticwire Average: N/A

3. Third Person (Sony Pictures Classics)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $80,700
Theaters: 18 (up from 5)
Per-Theater-Average: $4,483
Total Gross: $136,400
Criticwire Average: C-

4. Coherence (Oscilloscope)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $13,500
Theaters: 4 (up from 2)
Per-Theater-Average: $3,375
Total Gross: $34,700
Criticwire Average: B

5. Obvious Child (A24)
Week: 4
Weekend Gross: $556,000
Theaters: 196 (up from 55)
Per-Theater-Average: $2,837
Total Gross: $1,285,000   
Criticwire Average: B+

6. Venus In Fur (Sundance Selects)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $28,000
Theaters: 10 (up from 2)
Per-Theater-Average: $2,800   
Total Gross: $68,900
Criticwire Average: B

7. A Coffee In Berlin (Music Box Films)
Week: 3
Weekend Gross: $24,000
Theaters: 10 (up from 5)
Per-Theater-Average: $2,400
Total Gross: $52,900
Criticwire Average: B8. Chef (Open Road Films)
Week: 8
Weekend Gross: $1,654,000
Theaters: 801 (down from 961)
Per-Theater-Average: $2,065
Total Gross: $19,410,000
Criticwire Average: B

9. Ida (Music Box)
Week: 9
Weekend Gross: $248,000
Theaters: 127 (down from 133)
Per-Theater-Average: $1,953
Total Gross: $2,472,000
Criticwire Average:

A

10. Le Chef (Cohen Media Group)
Week: 2
Weekend Gross: $34,800
Theaters: 19 (up from 1)
Per-Theater-Average: $1,832   
Total Gross: $54,800
Criticwire Average: N/A

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