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Starting Out on Top of the Per Theater Chart

November 27th, 2007

Starting Out in the Evening earned first place on the per theater chart with and average of $10,888 in seven theaters. This should be enough for it to expand over the holidays, but probably not enough to get noticed during award season. Margot at the Wedding was in second place with and average of $10,767 after increasing its theater count to 35. Finally, the re-re-re-release of The Polar Express added just over $150,000 in 15 theaters for an average of $10,024 and a total of $338,000 during its latest round in theaters.

No other new release opened with an average of $10,000. In fact, I'm Not There was the closest with a modest average of $5,622 in 130 theaters. This does not give the film a lot of room to grow and unless it earns some Oscar buzz soon, it will be too late. The re-re-re-re-re-release of Santa vs. The Snowman managed over $60,000 in 15 theaters for an average of $4,034; this is a better average, but a weaker total that last year's debut, which went on to earn nearly $1 million. The rest were all under the Mendoza Line with Everything's Cool earning just $1,321 and Midnight Eagle managing only $1,272. Lastly, Nina's Heavenly Delights failed to reach four digits, earning a mere $267 over the weekend.

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

  • It took four months, but Goya's Ghosts finally reached $1 million at the box office.
  • Om Shanti Om topped $3 million since last weekend and should reach $4 million before it is done.
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead made it to $3 million over the weekend and is already halfway to $4 million.
  • Into the Wild hit $15 million, which makes it one of the biggest limited releases of the year.


Filed under: The Polar Express, Into the Wild, Santa vs. The Snowman, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, I'm Not There, Om Shanti Om, Margot at the Wedding, Goya's Ghosts, Starting Out in the Evening, Nina's Heavenly Delights, Middonaito Îguru, Everything's Cool: A Toxic Comedy About Global Warming