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Specialty Box Office: Polley's 'Stories' Has Solid Start; 'Mud' Keeps It Coming In Expansion (UPDATED)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 13, 2013 at 12:15PM

As far as the specialty market goes, the summer movie season is off to a very strong start for Roadside Attractions. The third week of their breakout hit "Mud" managed a place in the overall top 10, while the debut of their acclaimed doc "Stories We Tell" was off to a very solid start."Stories" -- directed by Sarah Polley and depicting the history of her own family -- opened in two New York thetaers this weekend and managed a $31,000 gross, averaging $15,500. The numbers were impressively up 172% from Friday to Saturday, a good sign for future growth."The opening is in the range of openings of last year's doc hits 'Searching For Sugar Man; from SPC ($9153 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $3,657,684 final gross) and 'Queen of Versailles' from Magnolia ($17,109 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $2,401,999 final gross), which is right where we want to be," compared Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen in a statement to Indiewire. "Stories We Tell" expands to 20 screens in 7 top markets next Friday.As for "Mud," Jeff Nichols' Matthew McConaughey-starrer went from 576 to 854 screens and increased its grosses 8%, taking the film into the overall top 10 and suggesting it is working well as a counterprogramming to typical summer studio fare. It grossed $2,343,400 for the weekend, averaging $2,764 and taking its total to $8,363,379. It seems likely to join "The Place Beyond The Pines" and "Quartet" as the third 2013 specialty release to pass the $15 million mark. Check out a full list of reporting grosses for debuts below and holdovers on the next page.
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"Stories We Tell."

As far as the specialty market goes, the summer movie season is off to a very strong start for Roadside Attractions. The third week of their breakout hit "Mud" managed a place in the overall top 10, while the debut of their acclaimed doc "Stories We Tell" was off to a very solid start.

"Stories" -- directed by Sarah Polley and depicting the history of her own family -- opened in two New York thetaers this weekend and managed a $31,000 gross, averaging $15,500. The numbers were impressively up 172% from Friday to Saturday, a good sign for future growth.

"The opening is in the range of openings of last year's doc hits 'Searching For Sugar Man; from SPC ($9153 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $3,657,684 final gross) and 'Queen of Versailles' from Magnolia ($17,109 a screen opening on 3 screens in NY/LA, $2,401,999 final gross), which is right where we want to be," compared Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen in a statement to Indiewire.

"Stories We Tell" expands to 20 screens in 7 top markets next Friday.

As for "Mud," Jeff Nichols' Matthew McConaughey-starrer went from 576 to 854 screens and increased its grosses 8%, taking the film into the overall top 10 and suggesting it is working well as a counterprogramming to typical summer studio fare. It grossed $2,343,400 for the weekend, averaging $2,764 and taking its total to $8,363,379. It seems likely to join "The Place Beyond The Pines" and "Quartet" as the third 2013 specialty release to pass the $15 million mark.

Check out a full list of reporting grosses for debuts below and holdovers on the next page.

The Debuts:

1. Stories We Tell
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $31,000
Theaters: 2
Average: $15,500
Cumulative Total: $31,000

2. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das
Distributor: Zeitgeist
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $5,100
Theaters: 1
Average: $5,100
Cumulative Total:  $9,600

3. No One Lives
Distributor: Anchor Bay
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $45,900
Theaters: 53
Average: $866
Cumulative Total:  $45,900


The Holdovers

1. What Maisie Knew
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $24,758
Theaters: 3 (up from 1)
Average: $8,253
Cumulative Total:  $55,910

2. The Iceman
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $108,520
Theaters: 17 (up from 5)
Average: $6,384
Cumulative Total: $236,049

3. Love Is All You Need
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $40,026
Theaters: 10 (up from 4)
Average: $4,003
Cumulative Total:  $91,012

4. Kon Tiki
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $83,645
Theaters: 22 (up form 12)
Average: $3,802
Cumulative Total: $224,393

5. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $2,343,000
Theaters: 854 (up from 576)
Average: $2,744
Cumulative Total: $8,362,979

6. Midnight's Children
Distributor: Paladin/108 Media
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $23,050
Theaters: 11 (up from 10)
Average: $2,095
Cumulative Total:  $70,346

7. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
Distributor: eOne
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $41,702
Theaters: 23 (up from 4)
Average: $1,813
Cumulative Total: $104,059

8. In The House
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $61,341
Theaters: 34 (up from 22)
Average: $1,804
Cumulative Total: $222,874

9. Renoir
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $149,600
Theaters: 88
Average: $1,700
Cumulative Total: $1,290,888

10. Deceptive Practices - The Mentors and Mysteries of Ricky Jay
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $5,000
Theaters: 3 (down from 4)
Average: $1,667
Cumulative Total:  $59,060

11. Upstream Color
Distributor: ERBP
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $25,580
Theaters: 18 (down from 32)
Average: $1,421
Cumulative Total:  $401,157

12. At Any Price
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $55,754
Theaters: 50 ( up from 18)
Average: $1,115
Cumulative Total: $129,341

13. The Sapphires
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $130,000
Theaters: 118 (down from 123)
Average: $1,102
Cumulative Total:  $1,829,890

14. Dead Man's Burden
Distributor: Cinedigm
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $1,100
Theaters: 1 (even with last week)
Average: $1,100
Cumulative Total: $9,894

15. The Company You Keep
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $420,475
Theaters: 394 (down from 541)
Average: $1,067
Cumulative Total: $4,150,725

16. The Place Beyond The Pines
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $675,185
Theaters: 669 (down from 1,162)
Average: $1,009
Cumulative Total:  $19,978,721

17. Disconnect
Distributor: LD Entertainment
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $160,132
Theaters: 180 (up from 161)
Average: $890
Cumulative Total:  $1,300,465




This article is related to: Box Office, Stories We Tell, Mud