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Specialty Box Office: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night' Has Decent Moves; Sebastian Junger's 'Korengal' Stronger

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 1, 2014 at 2:01PM

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Sebastian Junger's doc "Korengal" top openers in its exclusive engagement debut, narrowly beating out the per-theater-average of Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," which was in one more theater. News wasn't quite so good for other openers, with "We Are The Best," "Filth" and "Lucky Them" all failing to managed significant audiences.
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Night Moves

Here's a rundown of the specialty box office this weekend, which saw Sebastian Junger's doc "Korengal" top openers in its exclusive engagement debut, narrowly beating out the per-theater-average of Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves," which was in one more theater. News wasn't quite so good for other openers, with "We Are The Best," "Filth" and "Lucky Them" all failing to managed significant audiences.

The Debuts:

Debut Winner of the Weekend: "Korengal." Sebastian Junger's "Korengal" -- a follow up to the Oscar nominated doc "Restrepo" that Junger made with the late Tim Hetherington --opened exclusively at Landmark's Sunshine cinema in New York to a very strong $15,145 -- giving it the best average of any film in release save studio topper "Maleficent" (though it helped it was only on one screen). The film, a Saboteur Media release, was self financed by Junger. It will open in Los Angeles on June 13 before expanding to the top ten markets later in June.

Runner-Up: "Night Moves." Arguably the weekend's most anticipated new indie, "Night Moves" is director Kelly Reichart's follow-up to 2010's acclaimed "Meek's Cutoff." Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard as a group of radical environmentalists planning the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam, the film did end up beating the average of "Cutoff," grossing a decent  $24,100 for a $12,050 average ("Cutoff" averaged $10,012 from 2 theaters 4 years ago).  So definitely a respectable start.

"Filth"
Magnolia "Filth"

Debut Loser of the Weekend: "Filth." The Irvine Welsh adaptation (being marketed as from the people that brought you "Trainspotting") had been out in its native UK since last September, where it found respectable numbers (grossing the equivalent of $6.2 million). Though even with the X-Men factor of having James McAvoy in its lead role, "Filth" will clearly not match that number Stateside (at least in theaters -- its also on VOD), averaging a pretty filthy $3,750 from its two theaters this weekend.

This Weekend's Debuts:

1. Korengal (Saboteur Media)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $15,145
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $15,145
Total Gross: $15,145
Criticwire Average: C

2. Elena (Variance)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $12,100
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $12,100
Total Gross: $12,100
Criticwire Average: N/A

3. Night Moves (Cinedigm)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $24,100
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $12,050
Total Gross: $24,100
Criticwire Average: B

4. We Are The Best (Magnolia)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $21,000
Theaters: 3
Per-Theater-Average: $7,000
Total Gross: $21,000
Criticwire Average: A-

5. Lucky Them (IFC Films)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $4,500
Theaters: 1
Per-Theater-Average: $4,500
Total Gross: $
Criticwire Average: B-

6. Filth (Magnolia)
Week: 1
Weekend Gross: $7,500
Theaters: 2
Per-Theater-Average: $3,750
Total Gross: $7,500
Criticwire Average: C+

Head over to the next page for a rundown of holdover grosses...

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