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Specialty Box Office: Sofia Coppola's 'Ring' Scores Serious Bling In Solid Limited Debut

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 16, 2013 at 12:44PM

This summer continues its parade of exceptional indie debuts, with Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" following in the footsteps of "Frances Ha," "Before Midnight" and "Much Ado About Nothing" to score an excellent limited debut, grossing $210,001 from just 5 locations for a $42,000 per-theater-average.
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The Bling Ring
"The Bling Ring"

This summer continues its parade of exceptional indie debuts, with Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" following in the footsteps of "Frances Ha," "Before Midnight," "The East" and "Much Ado About Nothing" to score an excellent limited debut, grossing $210,001 from just 5 locations for a $42,000 per-theater-average.

Counter-programmed against the male-centric studio likes of "Man of Steel" and "This Is The End" (a trend this summer, with most of the specialty success stories being geared toward women while the studios continue to largely consider male audiences), "Bling" -- distributed by upstart A24 (which had a big success with the similarly themed "Spring Breakers" earlier this year) was a major improvement over Coppola's last film "Somewhere," which averaged $17,012 from 7 theaters back in 2010. And though their screen counts differ a bit too much to warrant a fair comparison, the film also topped the $40,221 "Lost In Translation" averaged from 23 locations in 2003 to find Coppola's best per-theater-average (though adjusted of inflation "Translation" would be the winner).

"We are thrilled with the results. Sofia Coppola's latest and greatest has certainly entered the zeitgeist and we look forward to capitalizing on this great success as we expand nationwide next weekend," A24's Nicolette Aizenberg said. 

Perhaps appropriately overshadowed by celebrity-themed "The Bling Ring" was backup singer doc "20 Feet From Stardom," which also had a very strong debut.

The film -- which opened the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to a very strong response -- is the first theatrical-only release from RADiUS-TWC, and it got off to a nice start in that regard, particularly for a documentary (which tend to have longer staying power, especially crowdpleasing ones like "Stardom"). It took in $52,211 from 3 screens for a $17,404 average, a better debut number than recent breakout docs like "Searching For Sugar Man" (which averaged $9,153 from 3 screens in its debut weekend). Notably, the film sold out 4 showings yesterday at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York (on the second anniversary of the opening of the film center).

"Stardom" tells the "untold true stories of backup singers behind some of the greatest music over the last 50 years." RADiUS-TWC will roll it  out into the top 50 markets over the next several weeks. 

As for holdovers, there were many notable expansions this weekend. Joss Whedon's Roadside Attractions release "Much Ado About Nothing" expanded from 5 to 23 theaters in its second frame (mostly suburban theatres within the original 3 markets of New York, LA and SF, plus a screen in new market Toronto). The Shakespeare adaptation grossed $162,580 for the weekend, for a $7,068 average. The film has now totaled $389,612 heading into a national expansion on June 21st.

Fox Searchlight's "The East" neared the $1 million mark as it expanded from 41 to 115 theaters in week three, grossing $285,000 for a $2,478 average.  The Zal Batmanglij-directed film has now taken in $706,305, almost doubling the final gross of his previous film (which like "The East," was co-written and starred Brit Marling), "Sound of My Voice."

Finally, the biggest expansion of the weekend was definitely care of Sony Pictures Classics and "Before Midnight." In its fourth weekend, the intensely acclaimed third film in Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke's "Before" series went from 52 to 897 theaters, jumping 190% in grosses as it took in $1,525,912 for a $1,701 gross.  Its a much wider screen count than any of the "Before" films ever experienced, with the widest 2004's "Before Sunset" ever went being 204 screens (where it averaged $2,251), while 1995's "Before Sunrise" peaked at 474 screens (where it averaged $1,625). "Before Midnight' has now grossed $3,198,000 and should soon over-take the $5.5 million and $5.8 million the first two films grossed to become the highest grossing film in the trilogy.

Continue to the next page for grosses for reporting debuts and holdovers.

The Debuts:

1. The Bling Ring
Distributor: A24
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $210,001
Theaters: 5
Average: $42,000
Cumulative Total: $210,001

"Twenty Feet From Stardom"
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"

2. 20 Feet From Stardom
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $52,211
Theaters: 3
Average: $17,404
Cumulative Total: $52,211

3. Call Me Kuchu
Distributor: Cinedigm
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $3,200
Theaters: 1
Average: $3,200
Cumulative Total: $3,200

4. Pandora's Promise
Distributor: Abramorama
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $20,421
Theaters: 16
Average: $1,276
Cumulative Total: $20,421


The Holdovers

1. Much Ado About Nothing
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $162,580
Theaters: 23 (up from 5)
Average: $7,069
Cumulative Total: $389,612

'Much Ado About Nothing'
'Much Ado About Nothing'

2. Fill The Void
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $87,323
Theaters: 18 (up from 13)
Average: $4,846
Cumulative Total: $389,630

3. Hannah Arendt
Distributor: Zeitgeist Films
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $26,509
Theaters: 6 (up from 5)
Average: $4,418
Cumulative Total: $153,014

4. Dirty Wars
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $50,400
Theaters: 14 (up from 4)
Average: $3,600
Cumulative Total: $139,178

5. The East
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $285,000
Theaters: 115 (up from 41)
Average: $2,478
Cumulative Total: $706,305

6. The Kings of Summer
Distributor: CBS Films
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $142,000
Theaters: 63 (up from 44)
Average: $2,254
Cumulative Total: $533,944

7. Before Midnight
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $1,525,912
Theaters: 897 (up from 52)
Average: $1,701
Cumulative Total: $3,198,161

8. Frances Ha
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $321,000
Theaters: 214 (down from 233)
Average: $1,500
Cumulative Total: $2,904,166

9. Love Is All You Need
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $142,000
Theaters: 72 (down from 101)
Average: $1,452
Cumulative Total:  $1,173,387

10. Stories We Tell
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $79,500
Theaters: 63 (down from 70)
Average: $1,262
Cumulative Total: $1,240,303

11. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross: $492,500
Theaters: 405 (down from 510)
Average: $1,216
Cumulative Total: $19,516,525

12. What Maisie Knew
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $52,941
Theaters: 51 (down from 122)
Average: $1,038
Cumulative Total: $899,952

13. We Steal Secrets
Distributor: Focus World
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $10,884
Theaters: 11 (down from 24)
Average: $989
Cumulative Total: $159,284

14. Kon Tiki
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $69,000
Theaters: 70 (down form 75)
Average: $986
Cumulative Total: $1,204,487

15. Wish You Were Here
Distributor: eOne Films
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $5,444
Theaters: 6 (down from 11)
Average: $907
Cumulative Total: $41,189

16. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's

Distributor: eOne
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $11,624
Theaters: 14 (down from 29)
Average: $830
Cumulative Total:  $472,499

17. The Iceman
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $16,089
Theaters: 30 (down from 67)
Average: $526
Cumulative Total: $1,910,015

18. The Place Beyond The Pines
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 12
Gross:  $30,922
Theaters: 78 (up from 135)
Average: $396
Cumulative Total: $21,327,817




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