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Pirates Plunder Per Theater Chart

July 11th, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest continued its record-breaking ways on the per theater charts, earning an average of $32,817, which is the highest average ever for Saturation Level release (defined as 3,000 or more theatres). Second place went to A Scanner Darkly; the intellectually challenging Science Fiction film started its run with nearly $400,000 in just 17 theatres for an average of $23,040. This is more than enough to ensure expansion, but probably not enough to earn much mainstream success. The same can be said for the third place film, Heading South, and indeed last week's winner, Strangers With Candy. The latter film saw significant expansion this week, going from just 2 theaters to 21, and its per theater average held up remarkably at $10,660.

Very nearly making the $10,000 club was Once in a Lifetime: the Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos at $9,805 in its lone theatre, while fellow newcomer Islam: What the West Needs to Know barely earned more than that in three theatres for an average of $4,061.

This past week also saw milestones reached for a few Per Theatre Charts alumni:

  • Wordplay made it to $1 million over the weekend and should have no problem topping $2 million before long, even though it is likely that its theatre count has peaked.
  • Keeping Up With the Steins hit $4 million midweek and while $5 million is out of reach, the studio should still be very happy with its performance.
  • An Inconvenient Truth has peaked, both in terms of box office and theater count, but that didn't stop it from reaching $15 million over the weekend. The film looks poised to become one of the few documentaties to reach $20 million and even if it doesn't quite make it there, it has still be an outstanding run.


Filed under: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, An Inconvenient Truth, A Scanner Darkly, Keeping Up with the Steins