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Per Theater Chart is Being Watched

March 11th, 2009

The overall box office leader, Watchmen, was also the leader on the per theater chart with an average of $15,291 in more than 3,600 theaters. This was below expectations of many, but still a strong start. Tokyo! and Fados were able to reach the $10,000 mark with $11,730 and $10,823 respectively.

There were a huge number of new releases this past weekend, including some that came close to the $10,000 club. These were led by Explicit Ills with a box office of $9,125 in one theater. Everlasting Moments was just behind with an average or $8,089 in five theaters. Both should be able to expand somewhat during their theatrical runs. On the other hand, Reunion struggled with an average of $3,271. Sherman's Way and Phoebe in Wonderland were neck and neck with $2,789 and $2,706 respectively while 12 wasn't far behind with $2,408. Shuttle just missed the Mendoza Line with $1,925, but given its genre, this is not a surprise. Yaavarum Nalam was close behind with an average of $1,843. Meanwhile, 13B took in just $6,752 in 10 for an average of $675, while fellow Indian film, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge flopped with an average of just $513, also in 10 theaters.

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

  • Two Lovers reached $1 million over the weekend, and should be able to reach $2 million before long. How far it will go after that is still up in the air.
  • Waltz with Bashir topped $2 million over the weekend, but that's as far as it will go.
  • On the other hand, The Class also hit $2 million over the weekend, but it has more than enough left in its tank to get to $3 million.
  • The same can't be said of I've Loved You So Long, which made it to $3 million since last week. That will be its final milestone.
  • Slumdog Millionaire just surpassed $125 million over the weekend, and it is now the 20th highest grossing film from 2008, just ahead of Four Christmases and just behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Filed under: Slumdog Millionaire, Watchmen, Shutter, Entre les murs, Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, Two Lovers, Waltz with Bashir, Tokyo!, Phoebe in Wonderland, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, 12