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Specialty Box Office: 'Sister's Sister' Has Weekend's Best Debut; 'Kingdom' Keeps Rising

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 17, 2012 at 12:32PM

Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" led a bunch of mostly unremarkable debuts, including weak starts for docs "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" and "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap."
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IFC Films Buys Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" In Toronto, Plans Summer 2012 Release
Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister."

Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" led a bunch of mostly unremarkable debuts, including weak starts for docs "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" and "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap."

"Sister" managed the second best per-theater-average of any film in release, topped only by the incredible continuing run of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," which topped $6 million this weekend.

Check out the full rundown below, including numbers for "Safety Not Guaranteed," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The Intouchables," all of which continued to take in very strong grosses.

The Debuts:

"Your Sister's Sister" (IFC Films)
Lynn Shelton's fourth feature film, "Your Sister's Sister," debuted on 13 screens this weekend care of IFC Films. Starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, the film grossed $117,000, averaging $9,000. That's a decent debut for a 13-screen initial release, very much on par with "Safety Not Guaranteed" last weekend (which averaged $10,862 from 9 screens). Like "Sister," "Safety" stars Mark Duplass and is set in the Seattle area.

"Sister" will open the top 30 markets this coming weekend.

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" (Music Box Films)
Before it airs on HBO this summer, Matthew Akers' doc "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" opened in 2 theaters this weekend. Distributed theatrically by Music Box Films, the film -- which follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York -- was not off to a promising start. It took in just $10,989 from 2 screens for a fair $5,495 per-theater-average. Its total since opening last Wednesday is $16,235.

"The Woman in the Fifth" (ATO Pictures)
ATO Pictures released Pawel Pawlikowski's "Woman in the Fifth" -- which stars Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas" -- on 9 screens this weekend. It took in a mild $36,985 as a result, averaging $4,109. Like "Your Sister's Sister," "Woman in the Fifth" was a pick-up out of last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

"Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" (Indomina)
The most aggressive new indie release was "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," which opened on 157 screens across the country. Ice-T and Andy Baybutt's documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence, it grossed a weak $150,000, averaging just $955.

For a report on holdover releases, including "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Lola Versus," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Intouchables," "Bernie" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," continue to the next page.

This article is related to: Box Office, Your Sister's Sister, Moonrise Kingdom