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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “There Will Be Blood” Breaks 2007 Per Screen Average Record

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "There Will Be Blood" Breaks 2007 Per Screen Average Record

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood” exploded onto the iWBOT this weekend, raking in an estimated $186,000 on just two screen, for a 2007-high average of $93,000, on the final weekend of the year. Since its Wednesday opening, the Paramount Vantage release has taken in an astounding $310,000. Also opening over the holiday was Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi‘s “Persepolis” and Juan Antonio Bayona‘s “The Orphanage.” Both hopefuls for the Academy Award for best foreign language film, “Persepolis” just topped “Orphanage,” averaging $13,015 to its $12,791. “Persepolis” was released by Sony Pictures Classics on 7 screens while “Orphanage” was on 18 screens for Picturehouse. Many other Oscar hopefuls expanded over the weekend, with “Juno” from Fox Searchlight again the most successful, taking in an impressive $10.3 million on 998 screens (a more than $10,000 average), bringing its total to $25.7 million as it looks to soon top Miramax‘s “No Country For Old Men” (which has made more than $41 million) as the top grossing Indiewood release of ’07. Among other specialty company releases, according to estimates, two new SPC releases have not fared so well: Coppola’s “Youth Without Youth” made $30,000 or so, on 15 screens, for $2,009 per screen in its third weekend, while skiing doc “Steep,” in weekend #2, earned just $16,830 on 14 screens, for a small $1,202 average. From Focus Features, “Atonement” from made nearly $3.1 million over its fourth weekend in release on 310 screens, for a $9,951 per screen (and nearly $11.2 million, so far), while the company’s “Lust, Caution” earned $18,720 from 19 screens, for a $985 average in weekend #14 (and about $4.5 million today). From Vantage, The Kite Runner made about $1.8 million on 377 screens on weekend number three, for a $4,891 average (and nearly $5.4 million, so far) and “Into The Wild,” now in weekend fifteen, made $130,000 on 81 screens, for a $1,605 average as it hits the $17 million mark. The company’s “Margot At The Wedding” made just $90,000 on 99 screens for a $909 average and just over $1.7 million after seven weekends. Both in their fifth weekend of release, “The Savages” from Searchlight made $515,000 on 111 screens for a $4,640 average (and nearly $1.7 million, so far) and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” from Miramax made $260,000 on 44 screens, for a nearly $6,000 average and $869,000, so far. indieWIRE’s weekly box office column and chart will not be published on our regular schedule this week, due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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