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Spidey Climbs to the Top of the Per Theater Chart

May 8th, 2007

Spider-man 3 not set records on the overall charts, but it also earned the highest-ever per theater average for a movie playing in wide release. Its average of $35,540 beats the record set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest when it set the previous all-time high weekend mark in July last year. Spider-Man wasn't the only film to reach the $10,000 club though, as three new limited releases also managed that feat, led by Waitress, which made $92,000 over the weekend (and $112,000 in total), for an average of $23,009 in its four theaters. This is enough to suggest the film should be able to earn at least some measure of mainstream success. Paris, Je T'Aime was close behind with an average of $19,621 in its two theaters, while Away From Her earned an average of $13,317 in four.

The Treatment was the best of the rest of the new limited releases after pulling in $14,196 in two theaters for an average of $7,098. All of the other new limited releases struggled, earning per theater averages in the $1,000 range. This includes L'Iceberg at $1,137, Americanizing Shelley at $1,080, Civic Duty at $980, and The Flying Scotsman at $783. For the last two films, it was clearly a case of opening in too many theaters.

No limited releases reached milestones over the weekend. However, that should change next weekend.


Filed under: Spider-Man 3, Waitress, Paris, je t'aime, Away From Her, The Flying Scotsman, Americanizing Shelley, Civic Duty, The Treatment, L'Iceberg