With few specialty openers to compete with, a handful of November releases benefited from a calm before an anticipated Christmas storm that begins next weekend with the limited debuts of "Amour" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
The film that perhaps had the impressive performance was David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," which The Weinstein Company is releasing very carefully (particularly after "The Master" underperformed back in September). After a somewhat disappointing start, the film's slow-and-steady releasing is beginning to pay off considerably. This weekend it held on 371 screens for the second weekend in a row and dropped off just 4% in grosses, placing in the overall top 10 where it had by far the second best per-theater-average ($5,617), behind only "The Hobbit." The film's total now stands at $16,954,049 -- surpassing the gross of "The Master" with much more to come.
Four other holdovers -- "Hyde Park on Hudson," "Hitchcock," "Anna Karenina" and "Rust and Bone" -- found respectable numbers as well, to varying degrees. The former two expanded significantly, finding 266% and 52% jumps in grosses, respectively. "Bone" expanded ever-so-slightly from 4 to 6 screens and maintained an impressive $9,340 average, the highest of any limited release. "Anna" actually lost screens, but only lost 35% of its grosses in the process, crossing the $8 million mark.
A less discussed release also crossed a big milestone this weekend, as Cohen Media Group's French import "The Other Son" became the two year old distributor's second $1 million hit in its 8th weekend out.
See on the next page a rundown of specialty films reporting estimates on the next page, ranked by per-theater-average.