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Specialty Box Office: 'Unfinished Song' Leads Debuts As 'Mud' and 'Frances Ha' Cross Milestones

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 23, 2013 at 12:42PM

The Weinstein Company's release of British import "Unfinished Song" led a generally underwhelming batch of indie debuts this weekend, while holdovers like "Mud" and "Frances Ha" crossed major milestones.
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TWC "Unfinished Song"

The Weinstein Company's release of British import "Unfinished Song" led a generally underwhelming batch of indie debuts this weekend (at least relative to the two weekend streak of $30,000+ average debuts that came before it).

"Marion" -- which stars Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton and Vanessa Redgrave -- grossed $27,692 from 2 screens, averaging $13,846 (it also notably had the biggest jump of any other movie from Friday to Saturday). Clearly The Weinsteins are hoping to tap into the older demographic that made "Quartet" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" big hits, and this is a respectable start as it heads into expansion in the coming weeks.

Most of the notable news from the specialty market came from the holdovers. Two early summer releases -- IFC Films' "Frances Ha" and Roadside Attractions' "Mud" -- crossed major milestones. The former -- directed by Noah Baumbach and starring and co-written by Greta Gerwig -- went past $3 million in its sixth weekend. At this point it's unlikely to match the $6 million its director and star's previous collaboration "Greenberg" (though that notably had Ben Stiller in a lead role to aid in its appeal), but IFC should likely still be happy with this number (which should probably grow to over $4 million when all is said and done).

"Mud," meanwhile, became only the second specialty release of the year after "The Place Behind The Pines" to cross the $20 million mark, an impressive feat. At $20,143,388 after 9 weeks, its also the first release from Roadside Attractions to ever cross that mark, and thus obviously also their highest grossing film ever.

Roadside is also continuing to get great numbers from Joss Whedon's micro-budgeted "Much Ado About Nothing." In its third weekend, the film went from 23 to 206 theaters and grossed $762,350, averaging a solid $3,700. Its total now stands at $1,234,781.

Finally, making a huge expansion jump this weekend was Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Much like they did with "Spring Breakers" (which went from 3 to 1,104 screens in weekend two), A24 took "Bling" from 5 to 650 screens. The results weren't "Spring Breaker"-sized (though surely no one expected that), but a decent $2,000,000 gross for a $3,077 average. The film's total now stands at $2,341,241.

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


The Debuts:

1. Unfinished Song
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $27,692
Theaters: 2
Average: $13,846
Cumulative Total: $27,692

2. The Attack
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $26,352
Theaters: 3
Average: $8,784
Cumulative Total: $26,352

4. A Hijacking
Distributor: Abramorama
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $42,500
Theaters: 7
Average: $6,071
Cumulative Total: $42,500

4. SOMM
Distributor: IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $22,500
Theaters: 5
Average: $4,500
Cumulative Total: $99,344



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The Holdovers

1. 20 Feet From Stardom
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $74,682
Theaters: 6 (up from 3)
Average: $10,780
Cumulative Total: $149,409

2. Fill The Void
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $173,398
Theaters: 46 (up from 18)
Average: $3,770
Cumulative Total: $616,537

3. Much Ado About Nothing
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $762,350
Theaters: 206 (up from 23)
Average: $3,700
Cumulative Total: $1,234,781

4. The Bling Ring
Distributor: A24
Weeks in Release: 2
Gross:  $2,000,000
Theaters: 650 (up form 5)
Average: $3,077
Cumulative Total: $2,341,241

5. Dirty Wars
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross:  $47,5000
Theaters: 19 (up from 14)
Average: $2,500
Cumulative Total: $210,500

6. Before Midnight
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross:  $927,578
Theaters: 441 (up from 897)
Average: $2,103
Cumulative Total: $4,645,221

7. The Kings of Summer
Distributor: CBS Films
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $124,000
Theaters: 65 (up from 63)
Average: $1,908
Cumulative Total: $754,608

8. The East
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Weeks in Release: 4
Gross:  $348,000
Theaters: 195 (up from 115)
Average: $1,785
Cumulative Total: $1,190,941

9. Love Is All You Need
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $66,312
Theaters: 44 (down from 72)
Average: $1,507
Cumulative Total:  $1,290,139

10. Mud
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross: $312,650
Theaters: 213 (down from 405)
Average: $1,465
Cumulative Total: $20,143,388

11. Frances Ha
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross:  $190,400
Theaters: 140 (down from 214)
Average: $1,360
Cumulative Total: $3,229,886

12. Stories We Tell
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross:  $42,800
Theaters: 33 (down from 62)
Average: $1,297
Cumulative Total: $1,331,945

13. What Maisie Knew
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $29,063
Theaters: 33 (down from 51)
Average: $881
Cumulative Total: $955,029

14. Kon Tiki
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross:  $45,000
Theaters: 53 (down form 70)
Average: $849
Cumulative Total: $1,300,915

15. The Iceman
Distributor: Millennium
Weeks in Release: 8
Gross:  $7,162
Theaters: 12 (down from 30)
Average: $597
Cumulative Total: $1,921,408

16. The Place Beyond The Pines
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 13
Gross:  $28,809
Theaters: 53 (up from 78)
Average: $544
Cumulative Total: $21,382,539


This article is related to: Box Office, Unfinished Song, Mud