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Per Theater Chart: Red Hot Start

March 8th, 2011

Red State started its box office run over the weekend, sort of. It played at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City at a special engagement, bringing in $161,590 for one showing. However, with ticket prices at $54, it's hardly a regular showing, so some are saying it shouldn't count. There is an argument to be made that people were paying for the Q&A with Kevin Smith and it is more accurate to consider this part of his popular speaking tour. That said, Dreamgirls also started with a premium showing at higher that usual prices and that counted. Given the number of tickets sold, even if they cost the average amount, it still would have earned $30,000, which would have still led the way on the Per Theater Chart. The only real competition was from Happythankyoumoreplease, which opened with an average of $17,532 in two theaters.

The rest of the new limited releases were mostly good with I Saw The Devil earning an average of $6,784 in two theaters. Uncle Boonmee was close behind with an average of $5,885 in four theaters, while Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story opened with $5,043 in one theater. On the other hand, Bereavement missed the Mendoza Line with an average of just $1,220, but it was playing in 20 theaters, which is a lot for this type of film.

This past week also saw milestones reached for a few Per Theater Charts alumni:


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Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Theater Averages, Cedar Rapids, Black Swan, Biutiful, The Company Men, The King’s Speech, Happythankyoumoreplease, Red State, Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story, Akmareul Boatda, Bereavement, Loong Boonmee raleuk chat