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Defying the Odds on the Per Theater Chart

January 13th, 2009

It is very rare for a film to repeat as champion on the per theater chart, but that's exactly what Defiance did this past weekend, as it earned an average of $34,092 in two theaters. The Wrestler climbed into second place with an average of $14,140 in 60 theaters, which suggests serious room to expand, especially if it continues its winning ways during Awards Season. Made in U.S.A. was the best of the new releases, as it pulled in $11,125 in one theater, while Revolutionary Road was right behind with an average of $10,558 in 135. Finally, Gran Torino earned an average of $10,500 during its first week of wide release.

The only other new release that we have box office numbers for was Yonkers Joe, which pulled in $2,073 in 2 theaters for an average of $1,037.

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

  • A Christmas Tale made it to $1 million since last week, but that is as far as it will go.
  • On the other hand, The Wrestler made it to $2 million, but it is far from done.
  • Revolutionary Road also reached $2 million since last week, while it topped $3 million over the weekend.
  • The Reader earned $4 million before the weekend, and $5 million during the weekend. $10 million seems like a safe bet at this point.
  • Doubt may have peaked at the box office, but it still made it to $20 million since last week while it could reach $25 million by next week.
  • Slumdog Millionaire reached $30 million since last week, and there's no telling where it will go from here.
  • Gran Torino topped $40 million over the weekend, but as the overall number one film, it has graduated from this list. Congratulations.


Filed under: Gran Torino, Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, Doubt, Defiance, The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, Un conte de Noël