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Truly Precious on the Per Theater Chart

November 10th, 2009

Precious had a record-breaking opening on the per theater chart with close to $1.9 million in just 18 theaters for an average of $104,025. This is just shy of the record for best per theater average for a live action movie; however, the current record holder, Dreamgirls, opened in fewer theaters and with prestige pricing, so this is arguably the better result. Precious did set the record for highest per theater average for a film playing in more than 10 theaters.

It wasn't the only film in the $10,000 club with La Danse earning $14,000 in its lone theater while Splinterheads opened with $10,515, also in one theater.

The rest of the new limited releases were split among those that did respectable business and those that bombed. Collapse earned $7,800 in one theater, which was just ahead of That Evening Sun and its $7,330 opening, also in one theater. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani opened in 74 theaters, making it the widest limited release of the week, but that wasn't a problem as it earned $460,000 for an average of $6,237. On the other hand, Humble Pie made barely more than $1,000 in 2 theaters for an average of $542 and Endgame managed $1,600 in 14 theaters for an average of $115.

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

  • Boondock Saints 2 - All Saints Day reached $1 million over the weekend, which is more than 30 times what the original earned at the box office.
  • Precious earned more than $1 million during its opening weekend, while it made more than $2 million by Monday.
  • An Education reached $2 million during the weekend, and by this time next weekend it could already be at $3 million.
  • Coco Before Chanel topped $3 million before the weekend and $4 million during the weekend.
  • Moon finally reached $5 million after five months of release, which is about 100 days after it reached $4 million.
  • A Serious Man hit $5 million early in the weekend and it was close to $6 million by the end of the weekend. I don't know if it will be able to reach $10 million in total, but if it could pick up some nominations, it could get there.


Filed under: Moon, An Education, Coco avant Chanel, Endgame, That Evening Sun, Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire), A Serious Man, Humble Pie, The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day