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by Peter Knegt
February 24, 2013 1:01 PM
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Specialty Box Office: Holdovers Lead Very Slow Oscar Weekend

Gael Garcia Bernal in Pablo Larrain's "No."

Sony Pictures Classics continued to belatedly benefit from its nominations on this slow Oscar weekend, with foreign language film nominee "No" -- directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Gael Garcia Bernal -- expanded from 4 to 6 screens in its second weekend and found the best per-theater-average of any film in release. "No" took in $82,354 for a $13,726 average. Its total now stands at $194,636.

Sony Classics will expand "No" in the coming weeks, though it's unlikely to benefit from a win tonight. "No" is likely to lose out to another Sony Classics release, "Amour," which also had a strong weekend. In its 10th frame, the Michael Haneke-directed film went from 306 to 328 screens and jumped 16%, taking in $816,468 (its best weekend yet) to bring its total to $5,247,524. Given its good chance at winning at least one (if not two or three) trophies tonight, "Amour" has an excellent shot at doubling that gross in the coming weeks.

Sony Classics also got great numbers from their Oscar nominated doc "The Gatekeepers." Expanding from 4 to 19 screens, the film took in another $153,596 for a strong $8,084 average. After four weekends, the film has taken in $400,436.

As for debuting films, Tribeca Film released a double feature of films directed by Alex Karpovsky this weekend at the Elinor Bunin Monroe theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The double bill of "Red Flag" and "Rubberneck" took in $4,150 over the weekend, not bad considering the theater has only 70 seats. The films are also available on iTunes and all major VOD carriers.

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

The Debuts:

1. Red Flag/Rubberneck (Alex Karpovsky Double Feature)
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $4,150
Theaters: 1
Average: $4,150
Cumulative Total:  $4,150

2. Inescapable
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross: $721
Theaters: 3
Average: $361
Cumulative Total: $721

The Holdovers

1. No
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $82,354
Theaters: 6 (up from 4)
Average: $13,726
Cumulative Total:  $194,636

2. The Gatekeepers
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $153,596
Theaters: 19 (up from 4)
Average: $8,084
Cumulative Total:  $400,436 (includes Oscar qualifying run)

3. Quartet
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $1,192,000
Theaters: 356 (up from 333)
Average: $3,348
Cumulative Total:  $8,911,064

4. Like Someone In Love
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross: $22,876
Theaters: 9 (up from 3)
Average: $2,542
Cumulative Total: $57,010

5. Koch
Distributor: Zeitgeist
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $22,569
Theaters: 9 (down from 11)
Average: $2,508
Cumulative Total:  $169,615

6. Amour
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross:  $816,468
Theaters: 328 (up from 306)
Average: $2,489
Cumulative Total:  $5,247,524

7. The Impossible
Distributor: Summit
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross:  $288,000
Theaters: 273 (down from 422)
Average: $1,055
Cumulative Total:  $18,051,473

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