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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Balloon” Flies To Top Of iW BOT

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Balloon" Flies To Top Of iW BOT

According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak, Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s “The Flight of the Red Balloon held the top per-screen-average of those films reporting. The IFC release took in $37,235 from two screens for a potent $18,618 average. Behind it was the first weekend of Wong Kar-wai‘s “My Blueberry Nights,” which also managed quite well, taking in $73,742 from 6 screens and giving the Weinstein Company release a $12,290 average. A slew of other openers included Martin Scorsese‘s Rolling Stones doc, “Shine a Light,” which grossed $1,511,000 from 276 screens for a decent $5,475 per-screen, and First Look‘s Aaron Eckhart comedy “Meet Bill,” which did not fare as well, averaging a poor $1,092 from 36 screens. Among holdovers, Daniele Luchetti‘s “My Brother Is An Only Child” expanded from 1 to 5 screens and maintained a decent average of $4,474, taking its total to $36,682, while Patricia Riggen‘s “Under The Same Moon” continued its success story, taking in another $1,708,839 from 437 screens and pushing its cume to $8,937,640. 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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