Arthouse Audit: 'Solitary Man' Gets Company
by Ray Subers
June 14, 2010
Solitary Man expanded again and rose to the top of the limited release heap. Foreign movies The Secret in Their Eyes and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo showed few signs of fatigue, while new releases Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and Winter's Bone got off to above average starts.
Increasing 31 locations to 53, Solitary Man was up 112 percent to $369,703. The Michael Douglas vehicle is expanding faster and with greater per theater averages than distributor Anchor Bay's recent limited hit City Island, indicating that the movie could be poised for a solid run this summer. Through its third weekend, Solitary Man has grossed $871,081.
The Secret in Their Eyes and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continued to post decent returns, despite being in their ninth and 13th weekends, respectively. Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes dipped 13 percent, earning $347,925 for a total of $4.5 million. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is the highest-grossing limited release of 2010, was actually up three percent, collecting $323,915 for a $7.9 million cumulative gross.
Please Give finished in fourth among limited releases with $285,241 for a total of $1.1 million. Raajneeti, which topped all limited releases last weekend, rounded out the top five. It took a standard Bollywood hit, dropping 69 percent to $268,027. In 10 days, the Indian production has tallied $1.3 million.
A handful of new releases packed in decent crowds, beginning with Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. The documentary about the titular red carpet personality grossed $164,351 from just seven locations, and its $23,479 per theater average was the best among all releases over the weekend. This represented distributor IFC's best opening since In the Loop's $191,866 start last July, and it will likely result in a noticeably larger theater count in coming weeks. Other new movies experiencing healthy returns were 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Winter's Bone ($84,887 at four locations), historical drama Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky ($44,454 at three locations) and documentary The Lottery ($16,435 at one location).
Kings of the Evening and Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema were less impressive in their debuts. Kings of the Evening made $11,156 at four locations for a total of $24,221, which includes extensive pre-release screenings. Gangster's Paradise was the weekend's big disappointment, earning just $4,958 at four theaters and continuing Anchor Bay's 2010 pattern of alternating between modest successes (City Island, Solitary Man) and flops (After.Life, Frozen).
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