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Specialty Box Office: 'Chennai Express' Breaks Bollywood Record; 'Blue Jasmine' Continues Toward Breaking Woody Allen's

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 11, 2013 at 12:57PM

Indian import "Chennai Express" hit America with some serious strength this weekend, breaking the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for a Bollywood film Stateside.
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Hirsch and Rudd in 'Prince Avalanche.'
Hirsch and Rudd in 'Prince Avalanche.'

The Debuts:


1. In a World
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $70,980
Theaters: 3
Average: $23,660
Cumulative Total: $70,980

2. Chennai Express
Distributor: UTV
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $2,225,000
Theaters: 196
Average: $11,352
Cumulative Total: $2,475,000

3. I Give It A Year
Distributor: Magnolia
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $5,800
Theaters: 2
Average: $2,900
Cumulative Total: $5,800

4. Prince Avalanche
Distributor: Magnolia
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $40,000
Theaters: 14
Average: $2,857
Cumulative Total: $40,000

5. Lovelace
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $184,176
Theaters: 118
Average: $1,561
Cumulative Total: $184,176

The Holdovers:

1. Blue Jasmine
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $2,523,355
Theaters: 119 (up from 50)
Average: $21,205
Cumulative Total: $6,219,194

2. The Spectacular Now
Distributor: A24
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $266,119
Theaters: 19 (up from 4)
Average: $14,006
Cumulative Total: $534,222

3. The Artist and the Model
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $19,224
Theaters: 5 (up from 2)
Average: $3,845
Cumulative Total: $45,938

4. Blackfish
Distributor: Magnolia
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $250,000
Theaters: 83 (up from 51)
Average: $3,012
Cumulative Total: $667,957

5. The Canyons
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $9,600
Theaters: 4 (up from 1)
Average: $2,400
Cumulative Total: $30,100

6. The Attack
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $87,849
Theaters: 43 (down from 44)
Average: $2,043
Cumulative Total: $1,363,840

7. The Way Way Back
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $1,500,000
Theaters: 780 (down from 1,001)
Average: $1,923
Cumulative Total: $16,320,188

8. Fruitvale Station
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $1,443,000
Theaters: 828 (down from 1,086)
Average: $1,743
Cumulative Total: $13,490,660

9. 20 Feet From Stardom
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross:  $194,000
Theaters: 112 (down from 135)
Average: $1,732
Cumulative Total: $3,851,284

10. Unfinished Song
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $56,500
Theaters: 53 (down from 68)
Average: $1,066
Cumulative Total: $1,512,523

11. Only God Forgives
Distributor: RADiUS/TWC
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $16,4000
Theaters: 17 (down from 45)
Average: $965
Cumulative Total: $743,728

12. I'm So Excited
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $47,386
Theaters: 52 (down from 99)
Average: $911
Cumulative Total: $1,212,690

13. Before Midnight
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 12
Gross:  $50,112
Theaters: 56 (down from 226)
Average: $895
Cumulative Total: $7,944,439

14. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 16
Gross: $35,200
Theaters: 43 (down from 62)
Average: $819
Cumulative Total: $21,541,223

15. Much Ado About Nothing
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross:  $41,500
Theaters: 52 (down from 58)
Average: $798
Cumulative Total: $4,170,353

This article is related to: Box Office, In A World, Bollywood , Blue Jasmine, Sundance Film Festival, Lovelace, Prince Avalanche