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Per Theater Chart is Being Watched

March 11th, 2009

The overall box office leader, Watchmen, was also the leader on the per theater chart with an average of $15,291 in more than 3,600 theaters. This was below expectations of many, but still a strong start. Tokyo! and Fados were able to reach the $10,000 mark with $11,730 and $10,823 respectively.

There were a huge number of new releases this past weekend, including some that came close to the $10,000 club. These were led by Explicit Ills with a box office of $9,125 in one theater. Everlasting Moments was just behind with an average or $8,089 in five theaters. Both should be able to expand somewhat during their theatrical runs. On the other hand, Reunion struggled with an average of $3,271. Sherman's Way and Phoebe in Wonderland were neck and neck with $2,789 and $2,706 respectively while 12 wasn't far behind with $2,408. Shuttle just missed the Mendoza Line with $1,925, but given its genre, this is not a surprise. Yaavarum Nalam was close behind with an average of $1,843. Meanwhile, 13B took in just $6,752 in 10 for an average of $675, while fellow Indian film, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge flopped with an average of just $513, also in 10 theaters.

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

  • Two Lovers reached $1 million over the weekend, and should be able to reach $2 million before long. How far it will go after that is still up in the air.
  • Waltz with Bashir topped $2 million over the weekend, but that's as far as it will go.
  • On the other hand, The Class also hit $2 million over the weekend, but it has more than enough left in its tank to get to $3 million.
  • The same can't be said of I've Loved You So Long, which made it to $3 million since last week. That will be its final milestone.
  • Slumdog Millionaire just surpassed $125 million over the weekend, and it is now the 20th highest grossing film from 2008, just ahead of Four Christmases and just behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Filed under: Slumdog Millionaire, Watchmen, Shutter, Entre les murs, Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, Two Lovers, Waltz with Bashir, Tokyo!, Phoebe in Wonderland, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, 12