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November 12, 2012 12:54 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'Chasing Ice' Hot In Exclusive Debut; 'Lincoln' Stuns In Limited Release (UPDATED)


"The Sessions" Fox Searchlight
The Holdovers:

"A Late Quartet" (Entertainment One)
"A Late Quartet" -- starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Catherine Keener -- managed a respectable $174,089 from an expansion from 9 to 62 screens in its second weekend, jumping 131% in grosses. Its $2,808 per-theater-average helped the film find a new total of $284,411 after 10 days of release.

"This Must Be The Place" (The Weinstein Company)
Also in its second weeked, Paolo Sorrentino's “This Must Be the Place" -- starrring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand -- went from 2 to 11 screens and grossed just $30,167, averaging a weak $2,742. The Weinstein Company-released film has now grossed $43,524.

"The Loneliest Planet" (Sundance Selects)
Recent Gotham Award nominee "The Loneliest Planet" expanded from 9 to 13 screens in its third weekend and grossed $16,900, averaging $1,300 per theater.  Directed by Julia Loktev, the film stars Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg. It has totalled $72,900 after 17 days of release.

"The Sessions" (Fox Searchlight)
Ben Lewin's Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner "The Sessions" expanded significantly in its foruth weekend. Based on the true story of Mark O'Brien -- a poet (played by John Hawkes) paralyzed from neck down due to polio who hired a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity -- the film went from 60 to 128 theaters for distributor Fox Searchlight and held on quite nicely. The Oscar hopeful managed a $545,000 gross, making for a very respectable $4,258 per-theater-average. The film's total now stands at $1,654,672.

"Holy Motors" (Indomina)
One of the most buzzed-about films at the Cannes Film Festival expanded from 5 to 9 screens in its fourth weekend care of Indomina. Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" -- starring Denis Lavant, Édith Scob and Kylie Minogue -- managed a $32,152 gross, averaging $2,297. The film has now totalled $124,060.

"Brooklyn Castle" (PDA)
Katie Dellamaggiore's documentary "Brooklyn Castle" -- which premiered at SXSW -- was dropped from 13 to 11 screens this weekend. John Sloss's Producers Distribution Agency (which also released "Exit Through The Gift Shop" and "Senna") found a $17,445 gross as a result, averaging $1,586. Its total stands at $114,808.

"The Flat" (Sundance Selects)
Sundance Selects expanded Arnon Goldfinger's Israeli doc "The Flat" from 20 to 24 screens in its fourth frame. The result was a strong $57,600 gross for a $2,400 average. The film's total stands at $238,650.

"Middle of Nowhere" (AFFRM)
 Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" -- coming off two major Gotham Award nominations -- went down from 8 to 12 screens in its fifth frame. Released by the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and Participant (after debuting at Sundance), the film grossed $20,211 for a $1,684 per-theater-average. The film's total stands at $210,731.

"Smashed" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Another Sundance alum also struggled this weekend as James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" went from 21 to 42 screens care of Sony Pictures Classics. The  film -- which Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul as a couple dealing with alcoholism -- grossed $40,567 in its fifth frame for a $966 per-theater-average. The film's total now stands at $249,497.

"The Paperboy" (Millennium)
Lee Daniels' Southern gothic flick dropped from 42 to 34 screens in its sixth weekend care of Millennium Entertainment and found more disappointing numbers.  Dropping 48% in grosses, "The Paperboy" grossed $24,997 for a $735 average. Considering its starry cast (Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman), one might have thought it could manage a lot better, even with its generally negative reviews. The film's total stands at $677,200.

"Wuthering Heights" (Oscilloscope)
Oscilloscope took Andrea Arnold's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" from 11 to 3 screens in its sixth weekend. The result was a $2,500 gross for a weak $833 per-theater-average. Its total now stands at $76,356.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Summit)
Finally, Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" -- adapted from Chboksy's own 1999 novel -- had a healthy eighth weekend, holding on very strong.

Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller as a trio of teenage misfits in 1990s Pittsburgh, Summit Entertainment dropped the film from 622 to 607 screens and saw the film lose just 15% of its grosses. That meant a $1,060,000 weekend count, making for a very respectable $1,746 per-theater-average. The film's total so far stands at $14,541,846.

Peter Knegt is Indiewire's Senior Editor and box office analyst. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

Indiewire tracks independent/specialty releases compiled from Rentrak Theatrical, which collects studio-reported data as well as box-office figures from North American theatre locations. To be included in the Indiewire Box Office Chart, distributors must submit information about their films to Rentrak at studiogrosses@rentrak.com by the end of the day each Monday.

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2 Comments

  • Leslie Graham | December 12, 2012 5:39 AMReply

    Had to laugh at the climate troll below.
    "Propaganda".
    heh heh heh.
    Yeah. Like set up dozens of cameras and film the ice over five years and if it disapears it's "propaganda". Have to agree with the second paragraph though "Amazing how can people be so gullible..."[sic]
    By the way - the sun is at it's 'quietest in more than a century. This would normaly lead to a rapid drop in global temperatures. Maybe the climate troll should take his own advice and do some research into the sun's cycles.
    The desperation of the deniers is becoming palpable now it's obvious to everyone that Climate Change is happening right here - right now.

  • Gauranga | November 11, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    Oh please! More propaganda on climate change? Maybe dng some research and learning about the sun cicle would be best. Amazing how can people be so gullible....