"Station Agent" Still Strong in Week Two
by Eugene Hernandez
Tom McCarthy's "The Station Agent" remained atop the indieWIRE: BOT chart for the second weekend in a row. The film, the story of a reclusive man who inherits an abandoned New Jersey train station, earned more than $50,000 in three theaters during the long Columbus Day weekend, its second weekend in release from Miramax. The film had an average of $16,853 and now has a total of $133,937.
While most distributors reported four-day grosses, covering the Friday - Monday period, which concluded with the Columbus Day holiday, some did not however and are not included. A total of 48 films were tracked on the chart this weekend, the group earned $4.85 million on 2,108 screens.
THINKFilm opened "Bus 174," Jose Padilha's doc, in one theater this weekend. The film earned more than $10,000 in its debut for a second place spot on the iW: BOT. The film, which debuted last Wednesday, has earned $12,610 so far. The company's release of "Gospel of John" made more than $100,000 on 19 screens for an average of more than $5,400. The depiction of the Book of John from the Bible has made $372,808 since its debut in late September.
Two films from New Yorker Films placed in the top ten on the indieWIRE: BOT chart, which tracks films in limited release. "Sans Soleil" earned nearly $8,000 at New York's Film Forum, while the French doc "To Be and To Have" made nearly $30,000 on four screens. It has earned nearly $150,000 so far.
Among the films that opened this weekend were two that came in with similar, marginal results. "Girls Will Be Girls" from IFC Films made about $16,000 and "The Flower of Evil" from Palm Pictures made about $14,000; both films debuted on two screens.
"Lost in Translation" remains the hit of the fall so far. It earned more than $3 million over the weekend on 882 screens. The Focus Features film had a solid average of $3,589 and has already made more than $18 million at the box office.
Lower profile September entries "My Life Without Me" from Sony Classics and "Demonlover" from Palm Pictures, which opened one week apart late last month, remain in limited release. "Life" has made more than $138,000 so far (making more than $40,000 this weekend on 14 screens) and "Demon" has earned more than $188,000 so far (taking in more than $15,000 this weekend on 13 screens).
Meanwhile, IFC Films release of "Casa de los Babys" has earned more than $320,000 so far, earning about $84,000 on 71 screens this weekend, while Sundance Channel's release of "In This World" as part of the Sundance Film Series has earned more than $83,000, making nearly $4,000 on three screens. Both movies opened on September 19th.
Among the films opening this weekend are Peter Hedges' "Pieces of April" from United Artists, Alex Steyermark's "Prey For Rock and Roll" from MAC Releasing, and "Sylvia" from Focus Features.