“AUSTENLAND” is a romantic comedy about 30 - something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with all things Jane Austen.
But when she decides to spend her life savings on a
trip to an English resort catering to Austen - crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency - era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
||August 16th, 2013 (Limited) by Sony Pictures Classics|
||February 11th, 2014 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
||PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo.|
(Rating bulletin 2268, 4/17/2013)
||Romance, Class Warfare, Cross-Class Romance, Costume Drama, Performing Arts, Holiday, Prologue, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Novel or Other Work Adapted by Author, Makeover, Surprise Twist, Relationships Gone Wrong, Addiction, Epilogue|
|Source:||Based on Fiction Book/Short Story|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
||Stage 6 Films, Sony Pictures Classics|
Austenland is a romantic comedy that opened in limited release last summer. That's not the right genre for a limited release, but it opened at about the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart and lasted long enough to hit $2 million at the box office. That's a better than expected run. Is the movie also better than expected? Or does it fall prey to the usual romcom clichés?
For the second weekend in a row, 12 Years a Slave remained in top spot on the per theater chart. Despite expanding to 123 theaters, the film's average remained potent at $17,352. The Square was right behind with $16,359 in its lone theater. The only other film in the $10,000 club was Capital, which earned an average of $11,200 in two theaters.
It was a busy week in terms of limited releases, not only with number of new releases, but the success of most of these releases. Mother of George was the top film with $22,456 in one theater. Final: The Rapture earned an average of $15,942 in two theaters, which is an impressive opening for a film with no reviews. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Wadjda opened in three theaters, earning an average of $13,751. This film has some Oscar buzz going for it, so it might last in theaters longer than most similar releases. Blue Caprice also has some Oscar buzz and its opening of $13,400 in one theater might help it thrive as well. The overall box office leader, Insidious Chapter 2, opened in fifth place on the per theater chart with an average of $13,208. GMO OMG earned $13,000 in its lone theater, but its reviews are only mixed, so it likely won't last long. Salinger fell 48% to $11,252, while still playing in four theaters. It is likely it won't be able to expand significantly given this decline.
remained in first place on the per theater chart, again with $30,602. The film has made $2 million so far this year and it seems likely it will last long enough to get to $100 million in total, eventually. You Will Be My Son
was next with $15,301 in one theater. Surprisingly Austenland
made the $10,000 club. Given its reviews
and its genre
, earning its per theater average of $10,166 in four theaters is surprisingly high. Blue Jasmine
rounded out the $10,000 club with $10,005. It is already playing in 229 theaters and it will expand more.
There are not a lot of limited release this week and only two of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Cutie and the Boxer is earning the best reviews, but it is a documentary, so its potential to expand is limited. Ain't Them Bodies Saints' reviews are not as good, but good enough to suggest it will find an audience in theaters.
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