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Specialty Box Office: 'Charles Swan,' 'Lore' Debut; 'Gatekeepers' Holds Strong

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 10, 2013 at 1:37PM

The specialty box office had a slow weekend, likely in part due to the arrival of Nemo on the East Coast. Three films made their limited debuts -- A24's "A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III," Music Box Film's "Lore" and AMC Theaters' "Lost in Thailand" -- though none managed averages in the five figure range.
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Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers."
Dror Moreh's "The Gatekeepers."

The specialty box office had a slow weekend, likely in part due to the arrival of Nemo on the East Coast. Three films made their limited debuts -- A24's "A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III," Music Box Film's "Lore" and AMC Theaters' "Lost in Thailand" -- though none managed averages in the five figure range.

The only film to do that was Sony Classics' Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers," which held very strong as it stayed static in 3 theaters. It grossed $42,449, averaging $14,150. That was the highest average of any film in release, wide or limited, and bodes well for the film's expansion in the coming weeks.

As for the newcomers, A24's inaugural movie "A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III" had the best per-theater-average, taking in $12,000 from 2 screens for a $6,000 average. Starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, A24 noted the film increased 141% from Friday to Saturday, likely due to the snowstorm. A24 will launch the film in 15 markets next weekend.

Australian import "Lore" was just behind it, managing a respectable $5,167 average despite lacking the starpower of "Charles Swan" and being on twice the screens.

Full list of numbers for reporting openers and holdovers below, ranked by per-theater-average.

The Debuts:

1. A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III
Distributor: A24
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $12,000
Theaters: 3
Average: $6,000
Cumulative Total:  $12,000

2. Lore
Distributor: Music Box Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross: $31,000
Theaters: 6
Average: $5,167
Cumulative Total: $31,000

3. Lost in Thailand
Distributor: AMC Theaters
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $29,143
Theaters: 35
Average: $833
Cumulative Total: $29,143

The Holdovers

1. The Gatekeepers
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $42,449
Theaters: 3 (same as last week)
Average: $14,150
Cumulative Total:  $152,916 (includes Oscar qualifying run)

2. Koch
Distributor: Zeitgeist
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $27,988
Theaters: 3 (up from 2)
Average: $9,329
Cumulative Total:  $79,724

3. Quartet
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $951,000
Theaters: 244 (up from 202)
Average: $3,898
Cumulative Total:  $5,010,487

4. Amour
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $380,721
Theaters: 125 (up from 90)
Average: $3,046
Cumulative Total:  $3,023,599

5. The Impossible
Distributor: Summit
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $915,000
Theaters: 739 (down from 764)
Average: $1,238
Cumulative Total:  $16,625,744

6. Searching For Sugar Man
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 29
Gross:  $20,709
Theaters: 20 (up from 18)
Average: $1,035
Cumulative Total:  $3,245,825

7. Hyde Park on Hudson
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross: $131,143
Theaters: 130 (down from 144)
Average: $1,009
Cumulative Total: $5,826,575

8. The Master
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 22
Gross: $23,000
Theaters: 29 (up from 28)
Average: $793
Cumulative Total:  $16,246,401

9. Anna Karenina
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 13
Gross: $55,729
Theaters: 91 (up from 90)
Average: $612
Cumulative Total: $12,673,412

10. Rust and Bone
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 12
Gross: $30,154
Theaters: 51 (down from 80)
Average: $591
Cumulative Total: $1,900,122






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