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iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: “Elegy” Leads, “River” Steady

iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Elegy" Leads, "River" Steady

Isabel Coixet‘s “Elegy” led the specialty-focused iW BOT over the weekend, according to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon. The IDP/Samuel Goldwyn release grossed an impressive $102,441 from 6 screens for a $17,074 average, more than twice its closest competitors, Courtney Hunt‘s “Frozen River” and Steven Sebring‘s “Patti Smith: Dream of Life.” “River”‘s $8,080 average was remained quite promising. Remaining on 7 screens (it expands next weekend), the film dropped just 20% in its second weekend, taking its cume to $169,054. On one screen, “Smith” matched “River”‘s average exactly, grossing $8,080 for Palm Pictures. Other openers included Randall Miller‘s “Bottle Shock,” which Freestyle Releasing released on an aggressive 48 screens. The films managed a decent $6,143 average and $294,864 total. It outpaced the third week and first significant expansion of James Marsh‘s “Man on Wire,” which expanded to 59 screens for Magnolia Pictures. The doc grossed $270,000 for a $4,576 average. indieWIRE will publish its weekly box office column Monday night and final weekend numbers for specialty and limited release films on Tuesday. Get the latest in the indieWIRE Box Office section. [Peter Knegt]

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