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Oscar Potentials Get Hold of Per Theater Chart

September 21st, 2010

There were just two films to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart, but one of them, Never Let Me Go, was pegged as a potential Awards Season player. With an opening average of $27,934, it should expand and that can only help. (The first challenge in earning awards is being seen by enough voters.) Second place went to Catfish with an average of $21,440 in 12 theaters.

There were a few other new limited releases that did well, including Kings of Pastry with an average of $7,581 in two theaters over the weekend. Jack Goes Boating was a hair behind with an average of $7,229 in four, while Leaves of Grass opened with an average of $6,996 in three. Picture Me: A Model's Diary was better than expected at $6,718 in its lone theater, which should be enough to get some theater owners to book the film over the coming weeks. A fellow documentary, The Other City, earned an average of $5,198 in two theaters. The Freebie managed $4,309, which is better than expected, as this is not the type of film that normally does well in limited release. GasLand wasn't as fortunate with $2,641 in its lone theater over the weekend.

The only limited release to reach a major milestone during the past weekend was Dabangg, which topped $1 million after just 10 days of release. However, this is the calm before the storm of Awards Season releases.


Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Theater Averages, Leaves of Grass, Jack Goes Boating, The Freebie, Kings of Pastry, Never Let Me Go, Catfish, Picture Me: A Model's Diary, Dabangg, The Other City, GasLand