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October 28, 2012 1:02 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'Loneliest Planet' Leads Newcomers; 'Sessions' Holds Nicely

Julia Loktev's Gotham Award nominated "The Loneliest Planet" led a generally uneventful weekend at the indie box office, topping fellow newcomers "The Other Son" and "District of Corruption."

Also of note this weekend was decent second weekends for "The Sessions" and "Holy Motors," while "Middle of Nowhere," "Smashed" and "The Paperboy" all continued to struggle.

Full rundown below.

The Debuts:

"The Loneliest Planet" (Sundance Selects)
Recent Gotham Award nominee "The Loneliest Planet" found the best per-theater-average of any debut film this weekend, and the second best of any film in release save "The Sessions." Directed by Julia Loktev, the film stars Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg. It managed a $20,400 gross from 2 screens, averaging $10,200.

"'The Loneliest Planet' got off to a great start for the opening weekend in Los Angeles and New York City," Sundance Selects' Mark Boxer said. "We will expand the film to the top 15 markets within the next tow weekends"

"The Other Son" (Cohen Media Group)
Lorraine Levy's French drama "The Other Son" -- about ywo young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth -- opened on an aggressive 41 screens this weekend. Starring Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé and Jules Sitruk, the film took in $125,000, averaging $3,000 per theater.

"District of Corruption" (Rocky Mountain Pictures)
"District of Corruption" -- the lastest doc from right wing filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon (the director of Sarah Palin film “The Undefeated") -- opened on 3 screens in The Villages, Florida, Columbus, Ohio and Houston this weekend and managed respectable results. The film took in $22,123 for a $7,374 average. "You’ll be able to see for yourself a comprehensive exposé of the Obama administration’s current scandals," the film's website notes of "Corruption."

For a full report on more than a dozen holdover releases -- including "The Sessions," "Middle of Nowhere," "The Paperboy," "The Master," "Arbitrage," and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" -- continue to the next page.

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