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Specialty Box Office: 'Good Time' Leads Labor Day Openers as 'Sleepwalk' and 'Samsara' Continue To Impress

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 3, 2012 at 1:49PM

The final weekend of the summer movie season has come and gone, and the specialty box office ended things off somewhat uneventfully. The top newbie was Focus Features' comedy "For a Good Time, Call...,' which took in a decent 4-day gross of $186,077 from 23 locations. The weekend's biggest winners remained the same as the weekend prior. "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara" -- which last weekend scored among the best limited debuts of the year -- held on very strong as they expanded, continuing to give hope to distributors IFC Films and Oscilloscope that have some indie hits on their hands. Meanwhile, a bonafide hit continued to be clear in anti-Obama doc "2016: Obama's America," which held a spot in the overall top 10 and became one of the 10 highest-grossing documentaries ever.
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Lauren Miller in "For A Good Time, Call..."
Focus Features Lauren Miller in "For A Good Time, Call..."

The final weekend of the summer movie season has come and gone, and the specialty box office ended things off somewhat uneventfully. The top newbie was Focus Features' comedy "For a Good Time, Call...,' which took in a decent 4-day gross of $186,077 from 23 locations.

The weekend's biggest winners remained the same as the weekend prior. "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara" -- which last weekend scored among the best limited debuts of the year -- held on very strong as they expanded, continuing to give hope to distributors IFC Films and Oscilloscope that have some indie hits on their hands.

Meanwhile, a bonafide hit continued to be clear in anti-Obama doc "2016: Obama's America," which held a spot in the overall top 10 and became one of the 10 highest-grossing documentaries ever.

Full rundown on these films and over a dozen more below.

The Debuts:

"For a Good Time, Call..." (Focus Features)
Jamie Travis's comedy "For a Good Time" -- starring Lauren Miller (who also co-wrote) and Ari Graynor -- was released on 23 screens this weekend care of Focus Features, and found by far the most impressive debut. Taking in $186,077 over the 4-day frame, the film averaged a respectable -- though certainly unspectacular -- $8,090.

"'For A Good Time Call' drew a predominantly young, female audience this weekend," Focus Features noted. "According to exit polls, rating and recommend scores with Females under 25 were above average - a good sign as we continue to expand throughout September."

The audience breakdown for the film saw 70% female and 69% aged 18-34.

READ MORE: FUTURES | "For a Good Time, Call..." Director Jamie Travis

"Little Birds" (Millennium Entertainment)
The long-delayed "Little Birds" -- which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival -- was finally released this weekend via Millennium Entertainment. On one screen, the result was a mediocre $5,974 over the 4-day frame. Directed by Elgin James, the film stars Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann.

"Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" ( Indomina Releasing)
Indomina saw better numbers from the debut of Jet Li-starring "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," which screened in IMAX 3-D.  On 15 screens, the film scored a so-so $125,000 gross, averaging $8,333 per-screen over the 4-day frame. Considering the higher prices of IMAX 3-D screenings, this is something of a disappointment.

For news on holdover releases, including "Sleepwalk With Me," "Samsara," "Little White Lies," "2016: Obama's America," "Celeste and Jesse Forever," and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," continue to the next page.
 

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