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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: Huge Opening For “Juno”

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: Huge Opening For "Juno"

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Jason Reitman‘s “Juno” (from Fox Searchlight) averaged a massive $60,016 on seven locations over the weekend, bringing its total gross to $531,399 since opening Wednesday. Its average more than doubled its closest competitor on the iW BOT, Joe Wright‘s “Atonement” (from Focus Features) which averaged a solid $25,528 on 28 screens. Both Oscar hopefuls, the films look promising as they expand throughout awards season, particlarly “Juno,” with an average that ranks among the top five of 2007. Other openers didn’t fare as well, including “Grace Is Gone from The Weinstein Company, which averaged just $3,500 on 4 screens and “Revolver” from Samuel Goldwyn Films which earned $2,315 per screen at 18 theaters. Among holdovers, Julian Schnabel‘s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (from Miramax) held on to a substantial part of its average, dropping just a few thousand dollars per location to $20,001, while last week’s iW BOT champion fell a little harder as Tamara Jenkins‘ “The Savages” (also from Searchlight) averaged $16,243 from 9 locations. indieWIRE publishes its weekly box office column on Mondays and final weekend numbers for specialty and limited release films on Tuesdays. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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