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May 13, 2013 12:15 PM
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Specialty Box Office: Polley's 'Stories' Has Solid Start; 'Mud' Keeps It Coming In Expansion (UPDATED)

"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

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