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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Blood”, “Persepolis” To Lead iW BOT

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Blood", "Persepolis" To Lead iW BOT

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood” will clearly top this week’s iW BOT as it expanded to 129 screens. The Paramount Vantage Oscar hopeful took in $1.94 million for an average of $15,039 in its third weekend, bringing its total to $4.35 million. Behind “Blood” was Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi‘s “Persepolis,” which took in $194,878 on 18 screens, averaging $10,827 and bringing its cume to $548,229. With no reported openings to report from the estimates, notable expansions included Juan Antonio Bayona‘s “The Orphanage,” which aggressively went to 707 screens in its second weekend, suffering a significant drop in its per-location average. The Picturehouse release took in $2.1 million for an average of $2,891. Meanwhile, perhaps the most aggressive expansion in recent Indiewood history continued on its way, as “Juno” rose to a Fox Searchlight record 2,448 screens and took in $14.0 million. It lost out on first place overall to the expanded “The Bucket List” (which topped the overall box office), but topped $70 million and is now less than $1 million away from being Fox Searchlight’s highest grossest film ever. 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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