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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Persepolis” Leads iW BOT; “Cassandra’s Dream” Opens Modestly

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Persepolis" Leads iW BOT; "Cassandra's Dream" Opens Modestly

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi‘s “Persepolis” looks to lead the three-day portion of Martin Luther King weekend’s iW BOT with an average of $9,379 from 30 locations. The Sony Pictures Classics film, which was controversially snubbed from last week’s Academy Award foreign-language film shortlist, has grossed $909,603 in four weeks. Just behind it was Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “There Will Be Blood,” which expanded to 389 screens and saw its average cut in half, taking in $2.99 million for a per location of $7,710. The Paramount Vantage release has now grossed $8.03 million heading into this week’s Oscar nominations. A trio of news releases reported varied results, with Glass Key‘s “Day Zero” barely leading the pack, taking in $12,705 on 2 screens for a $6,352 average. Just behind was the ThinkFilm doc “Taxi To The Darkside,” which took $12,450. Also on two screens, Alex Gibney‘s film averaged $6,225. Opening much wider was Woody Allen‘s “Cassandra’s Dream.” On 107 screens, the Colin FarrellEwan McGregor starrer grossed a mild $501,000, averaging $4,682 for the three days. 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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