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Specialty Box Office: Quartet of Debuts Find Respectable Numbers, But They're No Match For 'Quartet'

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 27, 2013 at 5:57PM

Despite not getting any traction this awards season, Dustin Hoffman's senior-audience skewing "Quartet" continued to find very impressive numbers at the specialty box office, which has been off to a slow start for newcomers this month.
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"Quartet"
"Quartet"

Despite not getting any traction this awards season, Dustin Hoffman's senior-audience skewing "Quartet" continued to find very impressive numbers at the specialty box office, which has been off to a slow start for newcomers this month.

"Quartet" -- starring Maggie Smith and featuring a "Best Exotic"-like plot involving retired opera singers, expanded from 32 to 163 theaters in its third weekend and managed an excellent $1,149,000 gross -- averaging $7,049.

That made for the highest per-theater-average of any film in release except for another film starring folks over 75, Michael Haneke's very much Oscar- nominated "Amour."

Sony Classics expanded "Amour" -- nominated for 5 Oscars -- slowly but surely from 36 to 64 theaters and saw a 29% jump in grosses, taking in another $481,000 to average $7,516. With a month left to reap the benefits of the Oscar nominations (and then potentially more time after that if it -- and it very well could -- wins an Oscar or two), "Amour" should become a very sizeable foreign language hit for Sony Classics.

As for the weekend's newbies, Magnolia's "John Dies at the End" had the highest per-theater-average, taking in $13,500 from a single screen. Meanwhile, Music Box's "Happy People," Strand's "Yossi" and IFC Film's "Knife Fight" all averaged in the respectable $6,000-$10,000 range.

Full list of numbers for reporting openers and holdovers below, ranked by per-theater-average.

The Debuts:

1. John Dies at the End
Distributor: Magnolia
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $13,500
Theaters: 1
Average: $13,500
Cumulative Total:  $13,500

2. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Distributor: Music Box
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $9,882
Theaters: 1
Average: $9,882
Cumulative Total:  $9,822

3. Yossi
Distributor: Strand
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $13,208
Theaters: 2
Average: $6,604
Cumulative Total:  $13,208

4. Knife Fight
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $12,000
Theaters: 2
Average: $6,000
Cumulative Total:  $12,000

The Holdovers

1. Amour
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $480,969
Theaters: 64 (up from 36)
Average: $7,515
Cumulative Total:  $1,814,877

2. Quartet
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $1,149,000
Theaters: 163 (up from 32)
Average: $7,049
Cumulative Total:  $1,689,829

3. The Impossible
Distributor: Summit
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $1,980,000
Theaters: 782 (down from 886)
Average: $2,532
Cumulative Total:  $13,341,755

4. The Master
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 20
Gross:  $71,000
Theaters: 37 (up from 14)
Average: $1,919
Cumulative Total:  $16,128,745

5. Hyde Park on Hudson
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross: $248,877
Theaters: 144 (down from 194)
Average: $1,728
Cumulative Total: $5,303,246

6. West of Memphis
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $22,857
Theaters: 14 (up from 9)
Average: $1,633
Cumulative Total:  $72,759

7. Holy Motors
Distributor: Indomina
Weeks in Release: 15
Gross: $18,583
Theaters: 12 (up from 6)
Average: $1,549
Cumulative Total: $641,054

8. Beware of Mr. Baker
Distributor: SnagFilms
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross:  $21,826
Theaters: 15
Average: $1,455
Cumulative Total:  $75,734

9. Searching For Sugar Man
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 27
Gross:  $30,412
Theaters: 26 (down from 27)
Average: $1,170
Cumulative Total:  $3,181,223

10. Rust and Bone
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 10
Gross: $128,180
Theaters: 116 (down from 168)
Average: $1,105
Cumulative Total: $1,709,158

11. Anna Karenina
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 11
Gross: $102,774
Theaters: 98 (down from 117)
Average: $1,049
Cumulative Total: $12,425,963

12. LUV
Distributor: Indomina
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $18,000
Theaters: 21 (down from 46)
Average: $857
Cumulative Total:  $137,142

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