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December 23, 2012 1:40 PM
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Specialty Box Office: 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Amour' Lead Packed Weekend of Newcomers

"Zero Dark Thirty"
Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty"  continued to show strength this weekend after a record breaking mid-week debut.

In just 5 theaters, the film grossed a staggering $410,000 for a $82,000 per-theater-average. That made for the fourth best average of the year behind "The Master," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Lincoln" and took its total to $639,000 after 5 days of very limited release.

The film had its best night yet on Saturday, grossing $154,699 for a $30,939 daily average. It grossed a whopping $41,064 Saturday at New York's Lincoln Square alone. The film had the #1 gross in each of the complexes where the film was playing with the exception of Lincoln Square where the Imax screening of "The Hobbit" slightly outgrossed it.

The film is expanding nationwide in early January to coincide with the Oscar nominations.

Also faring very well was Michael Haneke's "Amour," which Sony Pictures Classics released on 3 screens last Wednesday. Over the weekend, the Palme d'Or winning film grossed $70,662 for a $23,554 per-theater-average. That gave it a $100,213 total since opening day. It also topped the $19,949 Haneke's last film, "The White Ribbon" -- which also was released in December by Sony Classics and also won the Palme d'Or -- averaged in its first weekend.

The situation was not as merry for three other openers: Walter Salles' "On The Road," Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible," and David Chase's "Not Fade Away." All three performed below expectations, averaging $10,800 ("Road"), $9,250 ("Impossible") and $6,333 ("Fade"), respectively.

Numbers for reporting openers and holdovers below, ranked by per-theater-average.


The Debuts:

1. Zero Dark Thirty
Distributor: Sony
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $410,000
Theaters: 5
Average: $82,000
Cumulative Total:  $639,000

2. Amour
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $70,662
Theaters: 3
Average: $23,554
Cumulative Total:  $100,213

3. On The Road
Distributor: IFC Films
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $43,200
Theaters: 4
Average: $10,800
Cumulative Total:  $43,200

4. The Impossible
Distributor: Summit
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $138,750
Theaters: 15
Average: $9,250
Cumulative Total:  $138,750

5. Not Fade Away
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Weeks in Release: 1
Gross:  $19,000
Theaters: 3
Average: $6,333
Cumulative Total:  $19,000


The Holdovers

1. Silver Linings Playbook
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross: $1,821,000
Theaters: 371 (even from last week)
Average: $4,908
Cumulative Total: $19,901,042

2. Rust and Bone
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross: $129,315
Theaters: 27 (up from 6)
Average: $4,789
Cumulative Total: $369,081

"Rust and Bone."

3. Hyde Park on Hudson
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 3
Gross: $399,311
Theaters: 86 (up from 36)
Average: $4,463
Cumulative Total: $928,303

4. Anna Karenina
Distributor: Focus Features
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross: $9667,669
Theaters: 331 (down from 409)
Average: $2,017
Cumulative Total: $9,637,856

5. Chasing Ice
Distributor: Submarine Deluxe
Weeks in Release: 6
Gross: $83,234
Theaters: 47 (down from 53)
Average: $1,771
Cumulative Total: $709,323

6. Burn: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle To Save Detroit
Distributor: Area23a
Weeks in Release: 7
Gross: $1,600
Theaters: 1 (down from 4)
Average: $1,600
Cumulative Total: $111,256

7. Holy Motors
Distributor: Indomina Media
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross: $14,100
Theaters: 11 (down from 21)
Average: $1,282
Cumulative Total: $476,876

8. The Other Son
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Weeks in Release: 9
Gross: $36,599
Theaters: 31 (down from 39)
Average: $1,180
Cumulative Total: $1,105,874

9. Hitchcock
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Weeks in Release: 5
Gross: $600,000
Theaters: 535 (down from 561)
Average: $1,121
Cumulative Total: $4,215,292

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  • James | December 23, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    Surprised by how little The Impossible grossed. On the Road got screwed by the fact that they offered way too many free screenings, including multiple screenings at the Morgan Library. Plus, this was just a bad weekend to release the film, with Zero Dark Thirty and Amour also out. At least it made several million overseas. Also think it was a stupid decision to release Not Fade Away on this weekend.

  • Ed | December 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    The Impossible domestic numbers are weak but it will be OK as it is a Spanish production and is doing very well overseas ($60million so far on a $45million budget), still has some major markets to open including the UK and has some awards season buzz. US promo was pretty poor too.
    On the Road numbers are very weak. It has also performed poorly internationally. IFC pushed promotion on this hard and it hasn't paid off. It is not even going to make back its marketing budget, let alone production budget. It doesn't have the reviews or awards buzz to keep it afloat either. They should have gone for VoD.
    Not Fade Away. Did anyone even know this film came out this weekend? ParV all but dumped it.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

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  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.

  • Anon | December 23, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    It's a good thing The Impossible grossed $56 million internationally. On The Road, on the other hand, is doomed..with the high level of exposure it should have easily crossed $80000. Sleepwalk With Me will remain IFC's top grosser of the year.