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Imaginarium Tops the Per Theater Chart

January 5th, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus topped the per theater chart this weekend, based on reports from theaters in the United States. The film earned $128,000 in 4 theaters for an average of $31,909, which is roughly what it made last weekend. It is also playing in many more theaters in Canada, but numbers have not been reported from those locations, at least so far this week. The final figures may therefore, as last week, push the final average down considerably. Second place went to to Lovely Bones, which climbed more than 54% to an average of $21,559 in three theaters. This is excellent news for its planned expansion in a couple of weeks, assuming it doesn't fall by the same amount next week. White Ribbon opened next with an average of $19,949, also in three theaters. The overall number one film, Avatar, was just a fraction behind, earning an average of $19,789. At this point, we've nearly run out of superlatives to describe the film's box office run and it is far from over. Crazy Heart saw growth over the weekend, up 38% to an average of $18,416. 3 Idiots expanded somewhat and earned a very impressive average of $11,322 in 132 theaters. A Single Man returned to the $10,000 club with an average of $10,586 in 46 theaters. The final film in the $10,000 club was Sherlock Holmes, which fell sharply but still managed an average of $10,097.

The were only two other new limited release that we have numbers for, and they finished the weekend with relatively close averages. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond earned $23,000 in 6 theaters for an average of $3,812, while Gigante opened with $2,523 in one theater. Both debuted on Wednesday and including weekday numbers have $29,750 and $4,680 respectively.

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

  • A Single Man has reached $1 million, which won't be its last milestone.
  • Broken Embraces continues to grow at the box office and hit $2 million over the weekend. It too will have no trouble reaching more milestones.
  • The Young Victoria topped $1 million during the week and $2 million over the weekend.
  • 3 Idiots hit $4 million during the weekend after reaching $3 million last week. It is already one of the biggest films from India and continues to be a major player in limited release.
  • Nine made it to $10 million over the weekend and will get to $15 million shortly. It could have enough momentum to reach $20 million, but it might see its theater count plummet before it gets there.
  • On the other hand, Up in the Air is still going strong after surpassing $40 million over the weekend. In fact, it topped Precious's box office tally so far and while that film is shedding theaters, Up in the Air has the potential to expand further.


Filed under: Los abrazos rotos, The Young Victoria, Up in the Air, Das Weisse Band: Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte, A Single Man, Nine, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Avatar, The Lovely Bones, Sherlock Holmes, Crazy Heart