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Tie at the Top of Per Theater Chart

March 22nd, 2005

There was a tie this weekend atop the Per Theater Chart between Melinda and Melinda, both of which were directed by the team of Woody and Allen. Melinda and Melinda earned an amazing $74,238 in its lone theater, which is the best per theater average ever for a Fox Searchlight film over a three-day weekend.

Second place went to Best of Youth, which again climbed on the charts to $17,756, up nearly 72% this week. Next we have last week's winner, The Upside of Anger, which held up very well despite a huge increase in theater count. When the film expanded into 153 theaters over the weekend, I felt the best it could hope for was maintaining a $10,000 average, and even that was a long shot. However, not only did the film hit $10,000 per theater, it beat it by more than 21%, earning $12,113, finishing 11th on the overall chart and topping $2 million so far. Also holding up well despite the pressure from an increased theater count was Millions, which made more than $200,000 in just 19 theaters, for an average of $10,641. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, The Ring 2 with $10,524.

This past week also saw some milestones reached for several Per Theater Charts alumnus:

  • Downfall hit its first milestone reaching $1 million over the weekend, but there's plenty more milestones in this film's future.
  • Born into Brothels, the Oscar winning documentary has made it all the way to $2 million - most of that coming after it won the award.
  • After a couple of pushes, The Work and the Glory finally made it to $3 million, nearly 4 months after first opening.
  • The Merchant of Venice is showing longer legs than expected, hitting $3 million this weekend.
  • Bride and Prejudice hit $4 million late last week and is already at nearly $5 million. This is a good result for a film that cost $7 million to make, especially considering its Bollywood roots.
  • Bad Education made it to $5 million sometime during the midweek, more than a month after it hit $4 million.
  • Kinsey had an extra push over the weekend, earning its best weekend box office in two months and making it all the way to $10 million in the process.

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Filed under: The Ring Two, The Upside of Anger, Kinsey, Bride & Prejudice, Millions, Downfall, La mala educación, Melinda and Melinda, The Merchant of Venice, Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids, The Work and the Glory, La meglio gioventù