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September 26th, 2006

The Science of Sleep started its theatrical run atop the per theatre charts with nearly $350,000 in 14 theatres for an average of $24,852. The studio hopes to expand the film into 200 theatres this weekend but it is too soon to tell if the film will be able to attract an audience outside the art house circuit. Second place went to American Hardcore as the documentary took in $18,102 in its lone theatre. Next up were a pair of holdovers with Old Joy earning $17,556 in one theatre, which is more than it made during its entire, nearly month-long release. Finally, Keeping Mum fell just 25.67% to just over $20,000 in 2 theatres for an average of $10,077.

Other new limited releases were not as strong with Renaissance managing an average of $5,400 in its two theatres and Solo Con Tu Pareja earning just $3,921 in one. On the very low end, Khosla Ka Ghosla averaged just $1,209 in 10 theatres and Feast managed just $55,000 in 146 theatres for an average of $373. Even taking into account the mere 2 showings per theatres, this is still a very weak run. Further proof that Horror / Comedies, even ones that earn good reviews are hard to sell to moviegoers.

This past week also saw milestones reached for a couple of Per Theatre Charts alumni:

  • Lage Raho Munnabhai made it to $2 million over the weekend, but will start shedding theatres and it is very unlikely that it will reach any more milestones.
  • The Illusionist reached $25 million over the weekend and has now topped The Ant Bully on the yearly charts. The film is still holding on amazingly and should cross one or two more milestones before its run is done.
  • Little Miss Sunshine is also showing incredible legs as it hit $50 million, something the big budget Firewall was never able to do.

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Filed under: Little Miss Sunshine, The Illusionist, La science des rêves, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Keeping Mum, Old Joy, Renaissance, Feast, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Solo Con Tu Pareja, American Hardcore