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Specialty Box Office: 'Progress' Leads Openers; 'Marigold Hotel' Expands To Huge Numbers

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 13, 2012 at 1:34PM

As "The Avengers" continued to dominate the overall box office, Fox Searchlight continued to find fantastic numbers from what is soon to be the highest grossing indie of 2012, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." The film is certainly the specialty story of mother's day weekend, which also saw a decent debut from "Girl in Progress" and less promising starts from "Where Do We Go Now?," "God Bless America" and "I Wish."
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Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

As "The Avengers" continued to dominate the overall box office, Fox Searchlight continued to find fantastic numbers from what is soon to be the highest grossing indie of 2012, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." The film is certainly the specialty story of mother's day weekend, which also saw a decent debut from "Girl in Progress" and less promising starts from "Where Do We Go Now?," "God Bless America" and "I Wish."

Check out the full rundown below, including numbers for The Weinstein Company's very unsuccessful attempt to expand "The Artist" one last time.

The Debuts:

"Girl In Progress" (Lionsgate and Pantelion)
Patricia Riggen's single mom film "Girl In Progress" had a very hopeful start this Mother's Day weekend.  The film -- which stars Eva Mendes -- got an aggressive start on 322 screens and managed to pull in $1,350,000. That made for a strong $4,193 per-theater-average, and gave Pantelion its second consecutive film to debut in the top 10. Back in March, "Casa de Mi Padre" did so.  The company -- which bills itself as the "first major Latino Hollywood film studio" -- was created in 2010. "Girl" marks its fifth film to cross the $1 million mark.

"Where Do We Go Now?" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sony Pictures Classics has had a lot of success with foreign language films recently (most notably "A Separation" and "Footnote"), but that streak doesn't look like it will continue with Nadine Labaki's Lebanese import "Where Do We Go Now." On 3 screens, the film debuted to a $16,776 gross -- averaging a so-so $5,592.

"God Bless America" and "I Wish" (both Magnolia Pictures)
Magnolia debuted both Bobcat Goldthwait's "God Bless America" and Hirokazu Koreeda's "I Wish" this weekend, and neither found hopeful numbers. On 13 screens, "America" grossed $28,550, averaging $2,196. "I Wish" fared worse, taking in $9,960 from 5 screens for a $1,992 average.

"The Road" (Freestyle Releasing)
Yam Laranas's Filipino psychological-horror film "The Road" landed in 50 theaters thanks to Freestyle Releasing.  The film -- not to be confused with John Hillocoat's 2009 adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel -- grossed a weak $61,200 as a result, averaging just $1,224.

For a report on over a dozen holdover releases, including "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Bernie," "Sound of My Voice" continue to the next page.

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