As we share some of these “Emerging Visions Class of 2007” updates, I would be remiss not to mention Bill Haney’s The Price of Sugar, the winner of the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW 2007. Bill’s important documentary portrait of sugar workers, opened on one screen in New York this weekend, following a run as part of the IDA’s “Docuweek” series. The film opened at the Cinema Village in New York with a (so-so) $3,384 weekend. The film, which is certainly worth seeing, continues on at the New York theater, before expanding to L.A. in a few weeks.
Already opening to robust numbers in Los Angeles, is Jamie Babbit’s SXSW 2007 Narrative Competition Jury Award-winning feature, Itty Bitty Titty Committee. That film, a riot grrl satire, opened to an $11,505 weekend at L.A. arthouse Laemmle Sunset 5. I’m no expert, but that sounds like a pretty good weekend for one screen in Hollywood. Hopefully the film’s strong first weekend will continue throughout the month and around the nation. I’m still awaiting returns on Gary Hustwit’s third weekend of the already-strong Helvetica, as well as the L.A. and Seattle openings of Joe Swanberg’s Hannah Takes the Stairs I’ll update this post, as those figures become public.
UPDATE: The numbers for Helvetica are in, and the film is holding strong during week number three in New York. It made over $5,000 this weekend, to bring its total to $50,554. Not bad for one screen and three weeks… we’ll see how that goes once it expands.