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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"
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

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







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