Also doing very well this weekend was Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano's "The Intouchables," which went from 4 to 50 theaters for its second frame. It jumped 238% in the process and grossed an estimated $350,186, averaging $7,004. That gave the film a new total of $516,798 as it heads into further expansion.
The film is already a massive hit overseas, taking in over $343 million -- including $166 million in its native France alone.
"Bernie" (Millennium Entertainment)
Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, Richard Linklater's dark comedy continued to do good business in its sixth weekend. Expanding from 194 to 302 theaters, the film jumped 8% as it took in another $937,296, averaging $3,104. That gave it an impressive new total of $3,650,696. The film has already tripled the gross of Linklater's previous film, "Me and Orson Welles."
"Hysteria" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Tanya Wexler's Victorian-era romantic comedy (about the invention of the vibrator) went from 32 to 65 screens this weekend for Sony Pictures Classics (19 of the screens were in Canada, where it's being released by E1). Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, the film managed a decent $189,956 gross over the weekend averaging $2,922. Its total now stands at $473,653.
"Polisse" (Sundance Selects)
A year after debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, French import "Polisse" went from 14 to 21 screens in its third weekend care of Sundance Selects. Directed by Maïwenn, the film centers on the Child Protection Unit in Paris, and a photographer who is assigned to cover the unit. It took in $31,500 over the weekend, averaging a weak $1,500. Its total now stands at $134,000.
"Elena" (Zeitgeist Films)
Another Cannes 2011 debut, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Elena" went from 2 to 6 screens this weekend. The result saw it take in $11,030, averaging $1,839. Its total is now $53,108.
"Where Do We Go Now?" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sony Pictures Classics expanded Nadine Labaki's Lebanese import "Where Do We Go Now" from 25 to 37 screens in its fourth weekend (16 of which were in Canada, where the film is being released by Mongrel Media). The result was a $81,125 gross, up 39% from last weekend. Its average was $2,193, and the film's North American cume now stands at $247,540.
"First Position" (Sundance Selects)
Finally, Bess Kargman's ballet documentary "First Position" expanded from 56 to 58 theaters in its fifth weekend and continued to find good numbers. The film took in $87,000 over the weekend, averaging $1,500. The film has now totalled 693,000, with the $1 million mark a strong possibility.
Peter Knegt is Indiewire's Senior Editor. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog.
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