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The Indie Top 10: 5.1.98 - 5.3.98

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire May 5, 1998 at 2:0AM

Edited by Mark RabinowitzArtisan's "Suicide Kings" remained atop the leader board in its thirdframe, but its per screen average crashed to below $1,000, while WayneWang's Trimark release "Chinese Box" continued doing well, climbing 2notches -- its gross is up 85 percent over last week. "Mrs.Dalloway" and "Love and Death on Long Island" remain in the top five,with the former holding strong, losing only 25% while the latter's perscreen average dropped below $1,000 for the first time. There was onlyone premiere among non-specialty division indies this week, First RunFeatures' "Didn't Do It For Love" bowed on one sheet for a weekend grossof $4,620.Among specialty division product, Sony Pictures Classics' Mamet pic"The Spanish Prisoner," continued its strong run, adding 52 theaters, havinggrossing over three quarters of a million bucks. Searchlight's "TwoGirls and a Guy" dropped over 37%, with its per screen average of only$1,300. Among debuts, October's "Still Breathing" was stillborn,grossing a paltry $86,659 on 67 screens for an average of just under$1,300. SPC's "Wilde" impressed, racking up a per screen average of$9,918. Fox Searchlight's "Shooting Fish" bowed in so-so fashion,opening on 23 screens and averaging $2,445 per screen.
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Edited by Mark Rabinowitz




Artisan's "Suicide Kings" remained atop the leader board in its third
frame, but its per screen average crashed to below $1,000, while Wayne
Wang's Trimark release "Chinese Box" continued doing well, climbing 2
notches -- its gross is up 85 percent over last week. "Mrs.
Dalloway" and "Love and Death on Long Island" remain in the top five,
with the former holding strong, losing only 25% while the latter's per
screen average dropped below $1,000 for the first time. There was only
one premiere among non-specialty division indies this week, First Run
Features' "Didn't Do It For Love" bowed on one sheet for a weekend gross
of $4,620.


Among specialty division product, Sony Pictures Classics' Mamet pic
"The Spanish Prisoner," continued its strong run, adding 52 theaters, having
grossing over three quarters of a million bucks. Searchlight's "Two
Girls and a Guy" dropped over 37%, with its per screen average of only
$1,300. Among debuts, October's "Still Breathing" was stillborn,
grossing a paltry $86,659 on 67 screens for an average of just under
$1,300. SPC's "Wilde" impressed, racking up a per screen average of
$9,918. Fox Searchlight's "Shooting Fish" bowed in so-so fashion,
opening on 23 screens and averaging $2,445 per screen.

++ THE INDIE TOP 10 ++


SUICIDE KINGS (Artisan): $142,836 (-45%) -- Total: $1,238,937

Week #3 -- 150 Screens (+5) -- $952 average per screen


CHINESE BOX (Trimark): $135,627 (+85%) -- Total: $392,713

Week #3 -- 31 Screens (+18) -- $4,375 average per screen


MRS. DALLOWAY (First Look): $84,394 (-25%) -- Total: $2,759,908

Week #11 -- 76 Screens (-7) -- $1,110 average per screen


LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (LGF): $65,678 (-41%) -- Total: $2,223,552

Week #9 -- 76 Screens (+1) -- $864 average per screen


DEJA VU (Rainbow): $52,233 (+82%) -- Total: $101,815

Week #2 -- 20 Screens (+13) -- $2,612 average per screen


I THINK I DO (Strand): $19,791 (-46%) -- Total: $171,833

Week #4 -- 6 Screens (-2) -- $3,299 average per screen


MARIUS AND JEANNETTE (New Yorker): $13,688 (-33%) -- Total: $44,351

Week #2 -- 4 Screens (no change) -- $3,422 average per screen


FIREWORKS (Milestone): $13,645 (-14%) -- Total: $333,414

Week #7 -- 8 Screens (+1) -- $1,706 average per screen


CAUGHT UP (Artisan): $13,292 (-62%) -- Total: $6,750,132

Week #10 -- 58 Screens (-34) -- $229 average per screen


KURT AND COURTNEY (Roxie): $12,253 (-60%) -- Total: $265,508

Week #10 -- 10 Screens (-2) -- $1,225 average per screen