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Specialty Box Office: 'Frances' Ha-s Stellar First Weekend; 'Pines' Becomes 2013's First $20 Million Indie

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 19, 2013 at 12:51PM

"Frances Ha" was off to a stellar start this weekend for IFC Films. The Noah Baumbach directed film -- which stars and was co-written by Greta Gerwig -- took in $134,000 from just 4 theaters for a $33,500 average. As far as per-theater-averages go, that's the best for a limited release since "The Place Beyond The Pines," and the third best of 2013 so far.
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"Frances Ha."
IFC "Frances Ha."

"Frances Ha" was off to a stellar start this weekend for IFC Films. The Noah Baumbach directed film -- which stars and was co-written by Greta Gerwig -- took in $134,000 from just 4 theaters for a $33,500 average. As far as per-theater-averages go, that's the best for a limited release since "The Place Beyond The Pines," and the third best of 2013 so far.

"We are thrilled with the opening numbers for Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha,'" IFC's Mark Boxer told Indiewire.  "The film, with a screenplay by Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig, played to sold out shows all weekend long in New York City and Los Angeles.  The advanced regional publicity screenings have also been wildly popular as we roll the film out to the top 20 markets this Memorial Day Weekend.   The word of mouth on the film has been fantastic
and we are thankful to the critical community who has supported the film wholeheartedly."

Notably, the film averaged a bit behind Baumbach and Gerwig's previous collaboration, "Greenberg," which averaged $39,384 from 3 theaters back in 2010. That said, the film benefited from the additional presence of Ben Stiller as the titular character.

As far as holdovers went, Roadside Attractions continued to see great numbers from Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" and Jeff Nichols' "Mud." The former expanded to 23 theaters in its second weekend, grossing $136,820 for a $5,960 average. That bodes well as Roadside continues to expand the extremely well-reviewed film (it has the second highest 2013 score on Metacritic, behind only next weekend's release "Before Midnight")in the coming weeks.

"Mud," meanwhile, hit 960 screens in its fourth weekend and had its third straight weekend in the overall top 10, grossing another $2,160,000 and taking its total past $10 million to $11,587,426. Its only the fourth 2013 specialty release -- after "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Quartet" and "Spring Breakers" -- to past the $10 million milestone.

This weekend also marked the first time a specialty film from 2013 hit $20 million. In its eighth weekend, Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" took its total to $20,605,591. "Mud" looks on track to join it in the $20 million club in the next few weeks.

Check out a full list of reporting grosses for debuts below and holdovers on the next page (note: "Black Rock" and "Sightseers" were among the films that did not report estimates, this story will be updated when they come out).

The Debuts:

1. Frances Ha
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $134,000
Theaters: 4
Average: $33,500
Cumulative Total: $134,000

2. Becoming Traviata
Distributor: Distrib Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $5,040
Theaters: 1
Average: $5,040
Cumulative Total:  $6,282

3. The English Teacher
Distributor: Cinedigm
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $6,000
Theaters: 2
Average: $3,000
Cumulative Total:  $6,000

4. Pieta
Distributor: Drafthouse
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $6,228
Theaters: 12
Average: $519
Cumulative Total:  $6,228


"Stories We Tell"
"Stories We Tell"
The Holdovers

1. Deceptive Practices - The Mentors and Mysteries of Ricky Jay
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $10,000
Theaters: 1 (down from 3)
Average: $10,000
Cumulative Total:  $70,548

2. What Maisie Knew
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $34,121
Theaters: 4 (up from 3)
Average: $8,530
Cumulative Total: $104,026

3. Stories We Tell
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $136,820
Theaters: 23 (up from 2)
Average: $5,960
Cumulative Total: $180,334

4. Love Is All You Need
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $72,724
Theaters: 22 (up from 10)
Average: $3,306
Cumulative Total:  $175,956

5. The Iceman
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $452,426
Theaters: 165 (up from 17)
Average: $2,747
Cumulative Total: $751,164

6. Kon Tiki
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $153,000
Theaters: 61 (up form 22)
Average: $2,508
Cumulative Total: $415,624

7. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $2,160,285
Theaters: 960 (up from 854)
Average: $2,250
Cumulative Total: $11,587,710

8. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
Distributor: eOne
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $42,465
Theaters: 24 (up from 23)
Average: $1,769
Cumulative Total: $178,570

9. Midnight's Children
Distributor: Paladin/108 Media
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $27,975
Theaters: 17 (up from 11)
Average: $1,646
Cumulative Total:  $107,234

10. Renoir
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $128,000
Theaters: 80 (down from 86)
Average: $1,600
Cumulative Total: $1,497,171

11. In The House
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $57,107
Theaters: 36 (up from 34)
Average: $1,586
Cumulative Total: $305,578

12. The Company You Keep
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $234,687
Theaters: 223 (down from 394)
Average: $1,052
Cumulative Total: $4,519,718

13. The Sapphires
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross:  $103,000
Theaters: 102 (down from 118)
Average: $1,010
Cumulative Total:  $1,993,800

14. The Place Beyond The Pines
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $284,584
Theaters: 317 (down from 669)
Average: $898
Cumulative Total:  $20,613,416

15. Disconnect
Distributor: LD Entertainment
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $73,937
Theaters: 92 (up from 180)
Average: $804
Cumulative Total:  $1,436,862

16. Upstream Color
Distributor: ERBP
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $6,520
Theaters: 11 (down from 18)
Average: $593
Cumulative Total:  $415,067




This article is related to: Box Office, Frances Ha, The Place Beyond The Pines, Mud, Stories We Tell