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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “No Country” Fights The Slump; “Margot” Tops The iW BOT

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "No Country" Fights The Slump; "Margot" Tops The iW BOT

Expanding to 148 screens, the Coen Brothers‘ “No Country For Old Men” continued to show signs of breaking the indie box office slump. According to estimates from Rentrak, “No Country” averaged a fantastic $20,932 and grossed over $3 million, placing it in the overall top ten despite playing on a fraction of its competition’s screens. However, its average will not place it atop this week’s iW BOT (which ranks according to per screen average), as Noah Baumbach‘s “Margot at the Wedding” showed initial signs of prosperity with an average of $40,500 on two screens. “No Country” expands to 800 screens for Thanksgiving, while “Margot” will take it slower with 35 screens in its second frame. Also of note, Rob Vanalkemade‘s doc “What Would Jesus Buy?” opened to a strong $11,644 on its one screen and the single screen, one-week run of Gregg Araki‘s “Smiley Face,” took in a more modest $6,502. But it certainly outdid the poor openings of Brian De Palma‘s “Redacted,” which continued the trend of Iraq-themed busts averaging $1,962 on 14 screens, while Richard Kelly‘s “Southland Tales,” averaged just $1,850 from its 63 screens. [Peter Knegt]

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