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It Was a “Namesake” Weekend at the Specialty Box Office

It Was a "Namesake" Weekend at the Specialty Box Office

Fox Searchlight‘s “The Namesake” by Mira Nair topped the specialty box office last weekend as ranked on a per screen basis with a whopping $41,425 average, while Zeitgeist‘s “Into Great Silence” placed second with an $11,566 per screen average in its second week in theaters. IFC First Take‘s “The Exterminating Angels” ranked third with $6,485 on its opening, while IFC Films‘ “Beyond the Gates (aka Shooting Dogs)” followed, also on one screen with $6,374. Rounding out the top five on the iW Box Office Table (iW BOT) was THINKFilm‘s “Avenue Montaigne,” which averaged $5,239, giving its four-week cume a total of $304,000. Top absolute dollar earners amongst the specialty offerings last week were Samuel Goldwyn/Roadside Attractions‘ “Amazing Grace” came in at just under $2.5 million on 1000 screens, while Bigger Picture‘s “The Ultimate Gift” scored nearly $1.25 million at 816 locations. [The iWBOT is based on per-theater averages reported by Rentrak Theatrical, the complete indieWIRE BOT weekly chart is available here at] [Brian Brooks]

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