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Hurt and Revenge Rise on the Per Theater Chart

June 30th, 2009

The Hurt Locker did something most films about the Iraq War have not been able to do: succeed at the box office. During its opening weekend it earned close to $150,000 in just four theaters for an average of $36,338. The overall number one film, Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen, managed second place with an average of $25,736, and nearly double that since Wednesday. Meanwhile, last week's number one film on the per theater average, Whatever Works, landed in third with $10,280.

New releases included a couple of other films that did well on the per theater chart, despite high theater counts. This includes New York with an average of $7,795 in 60 theaters, while Cheri managed an average of $5,338 in 76. Meanwhile, The Stoning of Soraya M. was relatively close behind with $4,261 in 27 theaters. Afghan Star opened with $3,671 in one theater, while Quiet Chaos earned $3,190, also in one theater. Surveillance just beat the Mendoza line with an average of $2,295 in two theaters, but the genre and its previous VOD premiere explains that performance. Gooby opened with $706 in five theaters over the weekend for an average of just $141, but it has $3,234 in total.

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

  • Is Anybody There? reached $2 million, but that's as far as it will go.
  • Easy Virtue also reached $2 million, and it has a shot as $3 million.
  • The Brothers Bloom managed to get to $3 million since last week, but that is likely as far as it will go. That said, $3 million isn't bad for a limited release.
  • Finally, Away We Go now has $4 million, and while further significant expansion at this point seems unlikely, reaching $5 million is not.


Filed under: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Hurt Locker, Away We Go, Whatever Works, The Brothers Bloom, Chéri, Easy Virtue, Is Anybody There?, New York, The Stoning of Soraya M., Surveillance, Gooby, Afghan Star