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    iW BOT | Weekend Estimates: "Milk" Finds Huge Thanksgiving Numbers

    Gus Van Sant's "Milk" scored a huge Thanksgiving opening, according to initial estimates from Rentrak early this afternoon. The Focus Features release, a biopic of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, grossed $1,381,484 on just 36 screens over the three-day weekend, for a $38,375 average. This ranks as...

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    iW NEWS | "Milk" Takes Off At Box Office

    On just 36 screens, Gus Van Sant's "Milk" found its way into the overall top ten Friday night, grossing $498,086. The Focus Features release has totaled $982,681 since opening last Wednesday. The film ranked #1 in most venues except the more commercial houses all three nights. It's highest grossing venue was San Francisco's Castro, where it grossed an astounding $41,074 Friday night and has totaled $109,440 since opening. Friday's other top venues included New York's Loews Village 7, where the film grossed $30,665, surprisingly topping Clearview Chelsea's $28,831. "The Village tends to play to a younger audience and these numbers suggest th...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Slumdog" Leads, "Mine" Opens Fine

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was high atop the iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. More on the film's performance box office column, which was published last night. The top opener's were Hunter Hill and Perry Moore's "Lake City," which grossed $9,355 on a single screen, and Tom Gustafson's "Were The World Mine" which grossed $19,192 from 3 screens for a $6,397 average. "We could not be more thrilled," Gustafson told indieWIRE. "It's the exact reason we tried desperately to get distributors and even press into screenings with audiences instead of watching screeners. None of them realize what they missed out on...

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    iW BOT | "Slumdog" Poised To Become Season's Success Story

    It all sounds very familiar. Fresh from hugely favorable screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, a Fox Searchlight release rides a wave of word-of-mouth that leads to scores of accolades and even more box office. This is the story of 2004's "Sideways," 2007's "Juno," and potentially, ...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Mishima"

    Paul Schrader's 1985 cult classic, "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," has been acquired by Fortissimo Films. "We are extremely happy that Fortissimo has acquired international sales rights to this film," said Tom Luddy, the film's producer. "We are excited at the prospect of the film being discovered for the first time by a new audience and re-discovered by those who saw it and loved it on its original release." "Mishima," written by Schrader, his brother Leonard and sister-in-law Chieko, is a portrait of Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima. The deal, for all rights outside of North America and Japan, was brokered by Fortissimo Co-C...

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    iW BOT | Weekend Estimates: Sophomore "Slumdog" Still Scores

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was high atop the iW BOT for the second weekend in a row, according to initial estimates from Rentrak early this afternoon. Fox Searchlight's Oscar hopeful expanded from 10 to 32 screens, and saw its per-theater average barely drop from last weekend's near-year h...

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    BOX OFFICE REPORT | "Slumdog" Pays Off; And Ohh la-la "Xmas Tale"

    Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire" cruised on up the iW BOT over the weekend, opening in limited release with a stellar $36,000 average, while Miramax's "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" nestled into second place after an expansion in its second weekend in theaters. The French had a good weekend Stateside with the launch of IFC Films' "A Christmas Tale" (Un conte de Noel) which finished in third place on the indieWIRE box office chart, which is ranked on a per screen average. Fellow Gaul roll out, "Tell No One" by Guillaume Canet enjoyed a nice milestone over the weekend, becoming the largest grossing foreign-language title this year in t...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Turns Up "Loud"

    Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim's "It Might Get Loud" has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company confirmed Monday afternoon. SPC picked up the title from producer Thomas Tull, chariman and CEO of Legendary Pictures. The Little Film Company was the sales agent on the film. Guggenheim's ("An Inconvenient Truth") is a celebration of the electric guitar. It brings together musicians The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, examining a creative process of the three though their own words and music. "'It Might Get Loud' is a music lover's dream," SPC said in a statement. "The film covers three generations of guitar players...

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    iW BOT | Weekend Estimates: "Slumdog" Scores Huge Numbers

    Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" was high atop the iW BOT this weekend, according to initial estimates from Rentrak early this afternoon. Screening in 10 locations, "Millionaire" scored one of the best per-theater-averages of any film this year. Grossing $350,434, its $35,043 average even rival...

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    iW NEWS | LongTale Has "Sensation of Sight"

    Aaron J. Wiederspahn's "The Sensation of Sight" has been acquired by LongTale International. LongTale has taken the exclusive international distribution rights to the film, which stars David Strathairn andJane Adams. "This is a new American classic starring a great American actor," says Omar Kaczma...

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