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Specialty Box Office: 'Perks' Soars In Expansion; 'The Master' Slows Down

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

With only one specialty debut reporting estimates this weekend (basketball doc "The Other Dream Team," which did quite well), the weekend's big stories belonged to the holdovers. Summit successfully expanded last weekend's big debut "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to over 100 screens, while The Weinstein Company saw its Paul Thomas Anderson offering "The Master" start to slow after a big expansion last weekend.

Full rundown below.

The Debuts:

"The Other Dream Team" (The Film Arcade)
Marius A. Markevicius's doc "The Other Dream Team" follows the story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, who became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

On 2 screens, the film did quite well, taking in $22,714 for a healthy $11,357 per-theater-average. The sole debut to report estimates, it had the third highest average of any film in release, behind only studio offerings "Hotel Transylvania" and "Pitch Perfect." It was released by newbie distribution company The Film Arcade.

Per the Partners at The Film Arcade: "Marius Markevicius directed an incredible film and we are proud for 'The Other Dream Team' to be the Film Arcade's first release.  The reviews and audience reaction have been amazing and with our strong opening in NY and LA we are going to aggressively expand throughout the country in the coming weeks."

The Holdovers:

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Summit)
Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" -- adapted from Chboksy's own 1999 novel -- had a very healthy second weekend.

Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller as a trio of teenage misfits in 1990s Pittsburgh, Summit Entertainment expanded the film aggressively from 4 to 102 screens. The result was a $1,137,300 gross, which made for a very strong $11,150 per-theater-average.

Summit's exit data noted the film managed a "A" CinemaScore, and that 56% of the film's audience was over the age of 25, verus just 39% last weekend.  Summit plans to expand the film significantly again next weekend. Its total so far stands at $1,462,139.

READ MORE: Ezra Miller On His New Role, Queer Representation in Cinema and the 'Perks' of Being Honest About Your Sexuality

"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" (Samuel Goldwyn/EPIX)
Also having a strong second weekend was Lisa Immordino Vreeland's doc "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel," which looks at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

The film expanded from 3 to 14 theaters and earned $95,200, or $6,800 per location. Its total now stands at $198,045.

"How To Survive a Plague" (Sundance Selects)
Another doc in its second weekend was David France's intensely acclaimed look at AIDS activism on New York, "How To Survive a Plague." On 8 screens (up from 4), the film took in $17,600  for a $2,200 per-theater-average. Its total now stands at $58,000.

"The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" (Oscilloscope)
Oscilloscope Laboratories expanded Ryan O'Nan's "The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" -- about a ainger-songwriter who hits the road with a self-appointed music revolutionary -- ever-so-slightly from 2 to 3 screens this weekend. The result was a $3,954 gross and a weak $1,318 per-theater-average. Its total now stands at $8,418.

For more news on holdover releases, including "The Master," "Arbitrage," "Detropia," "For a Good Time, Call..." "Sleepwalk With Me," "Samsara," and "Moonrise Kingdom," continue to the next page.

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