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Specialty Box Office: 'Iceman' Cometh With Strong Debut; Leads Great Weekend For Millennium Entertainment

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 6, 2013 at 9:17AM

While most box office reports this afternoon are reasonably freaking out about "Iron Man 3," there was also a notably strong debut at the specialty box office. Instead of iron, it was ice as Ariel Vromen's "The Iceman" debuted on 4 theaters."Iceman" -- which stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta -- is based on the true-life story of notorious Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski. It managed a promising $93,149 gross from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $23,287. That's the second best debut in Millennium's three-year history, behind only last summer's "Bernie." It was also was a nice dose of good news for the distributor after a string of disappointments in films like "Upside Down" and "The Paperboy." And it wasn't the only good news.
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Winona Ryder with Michael Shannon in "The Iceman"

While most box office reports this afternoon are reasonably freaking out about "Iron Man 3," there was also a notably strong debut at the specialty box office. Instead of iron, it was ice as Ariel Vromen's "The Iceman" debuted on 4 theaters.

"Iceman" -- which stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta --  is based on the true-life story of notorious Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski. It managed a promising $93,149 gross from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $23,287. That's the second best debut in Millennium's three-year history, behind only last summer's "Bernie." It was also was a nice dose of good news for the distributor after a string of disappointments in films like "Upside Down" and "The Paperboy." And it wasn't the only good news.

On one screen, Millennium also debuted Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "What Maisie Knew." Starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård, it also found a strong debut, grossing $23,248. That put it just behind "Iceman" and gave Millennium the second and third highest per-theater-average of any film in release after "Iron Man 3."

“This has been a great, solid start for both films," Bill Lee, CEO, Millennium Entertainment told Indiewire. "Turns out that the biggest competition this weekend was the beautiful spring weather. 'The Iceman' delivered. Featuring an all-star cast firing on all cylinders and anchored by Michael Shannon turning in a brilliant and chilling performance, we expect the film to continue to expand and play throughout the summer. 'What Maisie Knew' opened in one location in New York. With stellar reviews, the film posted the largest per screen average at the Angelika this weekend. We believe that this is just the beginning of a very long, successful run.”

Check out a full list of reporting grosses for debuts below and holdovers -- including a stellar second weekend for "Mud" -- on the next page.

The Debuts:

1. The Iceman
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $93,149
Theaters: 4
Average: $23,287
Cumulative Total: $93,149

2. What Maisie Knew
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $23,248
Theaters: 1
Average: $23,248
Cumulative Total:  $23,248

3. Love Is All You Need
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $38,954
Theaters: 4
Average: $9,739
Cumulative Total:  $38,954

4. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
Distributor: eOne
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $38,294
Theaters: 4
Average: $9,574
Cumulative Total: $38,294

5. Dead Man's Burden
Distributor: Cinedigm
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $7,500
Theaters: 1
Average: $7,500
Cumulative Total: $7,500

6. Post Tenebras Lux
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $5,525
Theaters: 1
Average: $5,525
Cumulative Total: $5,525

7. Something in the Air
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $15,000
Theaters: 3
Average: $5,000
Cumulative Total: $15,000


The Holdovers

1. Kon Tiki
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $78,324
Theaters: 12 (up form 2)
Average: $6,527
Cumulative Total: $93,149

2. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $2,150,250
Theaters: 576 (up from 363)
Average: $3,733
Cumulative Total: $5,158,148

3. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $87,500
Theaters: 35 (up from 3)
Average: $2,500
Cumulative Total:  $131,200

4. Midnight's Children
Distributor: Paladin/108 Media
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $22,832
Theaters: 10 (up from 2)
Average: $2,283
Cumulative Total:  $37,098

5. Deceptive Practices - The Mentors and Mysteries of Ricky Jay
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $9,000
Theaters: 4 (up from 1)
Average: $2,250
Cumulative Total:  $48,761

6. In The House
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $49,401
Theaters: 22 (up from 9)
Average: $2,246
Cumulative Total: $140,178

7. Renoir
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $152,550
Theaters: 74 (up from 63)
Average: $2,060
Cumulative Total: $1,079,425

8. At Any Price
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $32,272
Theaters: 18 ( up from 4)
Average: $1,792
Cumulative Total: $61,458

9. The Company You Keep
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $777,240
Theaters: 541 (up from 807)
Average: $1,437
Cumulative Total: $3,506,411

10. Disconnect
Distributor: LD Entertainment
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $210,744
Theaters: 161 (up from 111)
Average: $1,309
Cumulative Total:  $1,054,974

11. The Sapphires
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $148,000
Theaters: 123 (down from 126)
Average: $1,203
Cumulative Total:  $1,637,482

12. Blancanieves
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $17,062
Theaters: 15 (up from 12)
Average: $1,137
Cumulative Total:  $218,845

13. The Place Beyond The Pines
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $1,297,934
Theaters: 1,162 (up from 1,584)
Average: $1,117
Cumulative Total:  $18,694,574

14. Upstream Color
Distributor: ERBP
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $32,180
Theaters: 32 (down from 43)
Average: $1,006
Cumulative Total:  $352,376

15. From Up on Poppy Hill
Distributor: GKIDS
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross: $29,498
Theaters: 34 (down from 44)
Average: $868
Cumulative Total:  $850,238

16. Filly Brown
Distributor: Pantelion/Indomina
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $164,000
Theaters: 204 (down from 259)
Average: $804
Cumulative Total:  $2,598,424

17. The Lords of Salem
Distributor: Anchor Bay
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $22,668
Theaters: 50  (down from 280)
Average: $453
Cumulative Total: $1,141,997

This article is related to: Box Office, Mud, Millennium Entertainment, What Maisie Knew





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