By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 23, 2012 at 1:36PM
"The Imposter" (Indomina)
Indomina kept acclaimed Sundance doc "The Imposter" on a single screen in its second weekend and found some very strong results. The film -- directed by Bart Layton -- centers on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years. Indomina saw a $12,246 gross from the film, the highest per theater average of any film in release save "The Dark Knight Rises."
"Farewell My Queen" (Cohen Media Group)
Benoît Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen" -- a look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the final days of the French Revolution -- went from 4 to 11 theaters in its second weekend care of Cohen Media Group. The result was quite strong as the film took in another $96,910 for a $8,810 per-theatre-average. The film's total now stands at $201,410.
"2016 Obama's America" (Rocky Mountain Pictures)
The anti-Barack Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America" -- written and directed by John Sullivan and “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” author Dinesh D’Souza -- expanded from 1 to 4 screens this weekend (via Rocky Mountain Pictures, or the same folks that brought you "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" and "An Inconsistent Truth"). The result was a strong $33,020 gross, averaging $8,255 (which was a steep drop from the rather massive $31,750 it averaged from a single screen next weekend). The film's total now stands at $80,000.
"The Obama Effect" (ARC Entertainment)
Another Obama-themed film didn't manage so well in its second weekend. Arc Entertainment's narrative film "The Obama Effect -- directed and starring Charles S. Dutton -- was released exclusively through AMC theaters on 25 screens last weekend, and then dropped to 21 in its second frame. The film grossed just $6,000 averaging only $286. The film is a fictional account of the "Obama fever of 2008," focusing on the life of one man (Dutton) who deals with the ups and downs of the campaign. Its total now stands at $103,000.
"Trishna" (Sundance Selects)
Michael Winterbottom's "Trishna" went from 3 to 16 screens in its second weekend through Sundance Selects. It took in $40,000 for a mild $2,500 average. Starring Freida Pinto, the film follows the relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. The film has now totalled $89,000.
"Easy Money" (The Weinstein Company)
The Weinstein Company held Swedish import "Easy Money" static on two screens in its second weekend. Starring future "Robocop" Joel Kinnaman, the film took in $15,256 for a decent $7,629 average. The film's total now stands at $52,000.
"Red Lights" (Millennium Entertainment)
Not faring so well this weekend was Rodrigo Cortés's "Red Lights," despite the marketable presence of Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen and Cillian Murphy. On 2 screens (the same as its opening frame last weekend), the film grossed only $2,760 -- averaging just $1,380. Its total now stands at $17,268.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight)
Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" expanded from 81 to 129 theaters in its fourth frame and continued to find very strong numbers. The film took in a $762,000 gross over the weekend, which made for a $5,905 average. Its total now stands at $2,900,000 with a few more million likely en route.
"To Rome With Love" (Sony Pictures Classics)
After a massive expansion two weekends ago, Sony Classics took Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" down to 552 screens from 552. The result was a very respectable gross of $1,552,054, averaging $2,812. The film's total now stands at $11,239,156, and it should easily be heading for a gross north of $15 million. While that's not "Midnight in Paris" numbers, it would still make the third highest grossing specialty release of the year after "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Moonrise Kingdom."
"Moonrise Kingdom" (Focus Features)
In its ninth weekend, Focus Features' "Moonrise Kingdom" lost screens for the first time as it went from 924 to 895. lt still held on strong, taking in $1,800,000 and placing in the overall top 10 yet again. Its $2,086 average helped the film find a new total of $35,160,390. It is the second highest grossing Anderson film, after 2001's "The Royal Tenenbaums." And at this rate, it should be set to easily pass the $40 million mark -- rivalling "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" as the highest grossing indie of 2012 so far.
"Take This Waltz" (Magnolia/Entertainment One)
Magnolia (who has US distribution rights) and Entertainment One (who has Canadian rights) teamed up to release Canadian icon Sarah Polley's "Take This Waltz." In its fourth frame, the film expanded from 47 to 60 screens and took in $125,000 for a repsectable $2,083 averafe.
"Waltz" has grossed $826,980 heading into further expansion, and is notably also available on VOD.
"Neil Young Journeys" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Speaking of Canadians, Sony Classics expanded another Canadian icon-centric film -- Jonathan Demme's doc "Neil Young Journeys" -- from 9 to 11 theaters in its fourth weekend and saw a $17,930 gross as a result, averaging $1,630 per theater. The film's total now stands at $84,824.
"Safety Not Guaranteed" (Film District)
Film District's Sundance Film Festival pickup "Safety Not Guaranteed" (starring Mark Duplass) dropped from 182 to 124 screens in its seventh weekend and lost 54% of its grosses as a result. It took in $157,000, enough for a $1,266 average and an admirable new total of $2,940,529.
"The Intouchables" (The Weinstein Company)
Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano's "The Intouchables" expanded from 83 to 91 theaters for its ninth frame and held on very well. It lost only 25% of its grosses took in an estimated $322,000 averaging $3,538. That helped it cross the $4 million mark.
"Bernie" (Millennium Entertainment)
Finally, Millennium Entertainment continued to find legs via Richard Linklater's dark comedy "Bernie." Starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, the film managed strong numbers in its whopping 13th weekend. Inching up from 103 to 104 screens, the film took in another $164,000. That made for a average of $1,578 and new total of $8,371,221. The film has now surpassed "Dazed and Confused" as the highest grossing independently released film of Linklater's career. More on the success of "Bernie" here.
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