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Violence has its Rewards

September 27th, 2005

As expected, A History of Violence led the per theatre charts this weekend with an average of $36,857 in 14 theatres. Even if the film wasn't going to expand its theatre count, it would still top David Cronenberg's previous film and depending on how well it holds onto its average as it expands, it could become one of his biggest commercial successes. The only other member of the $10,000 club was Oliver Twist, which earned $68,447 in just 5 theatres for an average of $13,689, which is a little below what I was expecting. Two other films, Separate Lies and Proof, came awfully close to reaching the $10,000 mark with averages of $9,979 and $9,943 respectively.

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

  • Salaam Namaste hit $1 million late last week, but may not have enough left to reach $2 million.
  • Junebug may have peaked at the box office, but it still was able to reach $2 million over the weekend and should hit one more milestone before its run is over.
  • Proof held onto its per theatre average very well and that allowed it to hit $1 million over the weekend. Where it goes from here depends a lot on how much Oscar buzz it can earn.
  • An Unfinished Life has peaked at the box office but it still managed to reach $4 million during last week and $5 million during the weekend. However, it will likely start shedding theatres now and may not hit another milestone during its run.

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Filed under: A History of Violence, An Unfinished Life, Proof, Junebug, Oliver Twist, Separate Lies