A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost
||July 8th, 2011 (Limited) by Cinedigm, released as John Carpenter's The Ward|
||August 16th, 2011 by ARC Entertainment Video|
||R for violence and disturbing images.|
(Rating bulletin 2164, 3/23/2011)
||Surprise Twist, Revenge, Hauntings, Mental Illness|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Contemporary Fiction|
||FilmNation Entertainment, Premiere Picture, Echo Lake Entertainment, A Bigger Boat Productions|
It's a deceptively busy week, as there are several significant releases hitting the home market on Tuesday. However, most of these are wide releases that flopped, to one degree or another. In fact, one of the best selling releases of the week is Jane Eyre, an early success story in limited release. When a limited release could conceivably lead the way in sales... well, that's a sure sign of weakness in the overall market. As for the best release of the week, that would have to go to The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray Digibook. The latest season of Dexter would come close, but while the show is great, the releases are not Pick of the Week material.
Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opened in first place on the per theater chart with an average of $27,996 in four theaters, which was the best per theater average in more than a month. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness was relatively close behind with $20,247 in its lone theater. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the only holdover to reach $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $11,469.
After a few weeks of very impressive performances on the limited release front earlier in the summer, there hasn't been as much success lately. It is unlikely this week will produce a major hit, but there are a couple documentaries that deserve to be seen. Project Nim and Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest are both earning Oscar-worthy reviews and I wouldn't be shocked if one or both are on the short-list at the end of the year.
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