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True Royalty on the Per Theater Chart

December 1st, 2009

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There were more than half-a-dozen films to top $10,000 on the per theater chart, including The Princess and the Frog, which earned close to $800,000 in just two theaters for an average of $393,095. Broken Embraces saw its per theater average rise by more than 10% to $58,993, which bodes well for its chances to expand. Next up was Me and Orson Welles with an average of $15,910 in 4 theaters, while The Road opened with $1.5 million in 111 theaters for an average of $13,534. A trio of top ten moves rounded out the $10,000 club with The Blind Side earning an average of $12,774, Precious took in an average of $10,680, and finally The Twilight Saga - New Moon was right behind with $10,606.

There were not a lot of new limited releases, and half of them managed to reach the $10,000 plateau. The best of the rest was De Dana Dan, which came close with an average of $8,368 and actually reached the $10,000 milestone, if you include Wednesday and Thursday. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee opened on Friday and scored an average of $7,625 in 12 theaters over the weekend. Finally, Home opened in one theater with $3,922.

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

  • The Princess and the Frog opened with more than $1 million during its first five days of release, so obviously it reached its first milestone along the way. However, it might be more accurate to call the film a prestige release and not a true limited release.
  • The Road also opened with more than $1 million during its opening weekend, but it was playing in 111 theaters
  • As expected, An Education reached $5 million over the weekend, while it had its best weekend during its run so far. At this pace, $10 million isn't out of the question, but it will take a bit of Awards Season buzz to do so.
  • Boondock Saints 2 - All Saints Day hit $4 million just before the weekend and $5 million over the weekend. It could reach $10 million, which is a huge increase from its predecessor.
  • For the first time during its run Precious saw its weekend box office drop; however, it still reached $25 million on Friday and $30 million on Saturday, while it could reach $40 million as early as this time next week.


Filed under: Los abrazos rotos, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, An Education, Me and Orson Welles, The Blind Side, Precious (Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire), The Road, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Princess and the Frog, The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day