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Specialty Box Office: 'Ex-Machina' Explodes To Year's Best Indie Debut; 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Strong Too

fb.indiewire.com – A24 sure is having a good few weeks. Less than a month after Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" had 2015's best limited debut so far, the distributor's last film "Ex-Machina" eclipsed it. Directed by Alex Garland, the British sci-fi thriller managed to gross a stunning $250,000 from just 4 theaters, averaging $62,500.

6 weeks 3 days ago via donnieyen
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Specialty Box Office: 'While We're Young' Expands Strong; 'It Follows' Holds Tight In Wide Release

fb.indiewire.com – Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" continued to suggest its potential as one of 2015's first specialty breakouts in its second weekend. The A24 release expanded from 4 to 34 theaters and jumped 117%, taking in $493,000 for a very healthy $14,500 per-theater-average. That's the best second weekend average of Baumbach's career, topping "Frances Ha," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale" -- all of which averaged around $10,000 in a similar amount of theaters. 7 weeks 3 days ago via brucelee
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Specialty Box Office: Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Has 2015's Best Indie Debut

fb.indiewire.com – Noah Baumbach found the best limited debut of his career with "While We're Young" this weekend, which pulled in $242,152 from just 4 theaters to average a fantastic $60,538. That's by far the best average of 2015 so far, and tops the $40,517 average of Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding" to become his strongest ever. "While We're Young" stars Baumbach regular Ben Stiller alongside Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried.

8 weeks 3 days ago via jetli
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Specialty Box Office: David O. Russell's Shelved 'Love' Bombs; 'It Follows' Keeps Scaring Up Dollars

fb.indiewire.com – David O. Russell's long delayed "Accidental Love" (which had been known as "Nailed" for most of its troubled life) probably should have stayed shelved. Millennium released the film in 10 theaters this weekend and it took in only $4,500 -- averaging a pretty tragic $450 per theater. Made years before "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," the film was written by Al Gore's daughter Kristin and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel. 9 weeks 3 days ago via brucelee
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Specialty Box Office: 'It Follows' Scares Up 2015's Best Indie Debut

fb.indiewire.com – David Robert Mitchell's indie horror flick "It Follows" rode rave reviews to find the best per-theater-average of any 2015 release so far ("American Sniper" and "A Most Violent Year" both topped it, but they are both technically 2014 films). In four theaters, the RADiUS-TWC release -- which premiered back in Cannes last May -- managed a fantastic $163,000 gross, averaging $40,750 per theater. 10 weeks 3 days ago via brucelee
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Specialty Box Office: 'Grey Gardens' Re-Release Tops Debuts

fb.indiewire.com – In an eerie coincidence, Janus Films' release of a restored version of Albert and David Masyles' landmark documentary "Grey Gardens" ended up coinciding with the death of Albert Masyles. Which gave New York City audiences a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the filmmaker forty years after "Gardens" first hit screens. 11 weeks 3 days ago via donnieyen
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Specialty Box Office: ''71' and 'Maps' Debut As Oscar Winners Try and Cash In

fb.indiewire.com – Yann Demange's "'71" and David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" -- both fixtures on the festival circuit for some time now (in the case of "'71" it's been over a year) -- were the most high profile debuts in a specialty market still crowded with Oscar-fueled leftovers from 2014. UK imported war drama "'71" -- which stars breakout actor Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken") -- debuted in 4 theaters this weekend care of Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media and took in a solid $60,100, averaging $15,025 per theater. 12 weeks 3 days ago via jetli
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Specialty Box Office: 'Wild Tales' Debuts Big; 'Shadows,' 'Still Alice' Strong In Expansion

fb.indiewire.com – Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Wild Tales" made an impressive box office debut, with Sony Pictures Classics timing the release to Oscar weekend itself. The Argentinian film grossed $85,100 from just 4 theaters, averaging $21,275. Exposure from tonight's ceremony should help nicely as "Tales" expands in the coming weeks (especially if it pulls off a win). Though it's one of the few specialty titles out there without Oscar nominations tied to it, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" had a very nice weekend anyway. 13 weeks 3 days ago via brucelee
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Specialty Box Office: 'Shadows' and '5 Years' Open Strong; Oscar Contenders Keep It Coming

fb.indiewire.com – President's Day weekend wasn't just good to "50 Shades of Grey." A few new specialty titles posted very promising results in their limited debuts, most notably Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's "What We Do In The Shadows" and Richard LaGravenese's "The Last Five Years." The former -- released by Paladin/Unison -- managed the best opening average of 2015 thus far, taking in an impressive $65,830 from two theaters in New York and Los Angeles to average $32,915. 14 weeks 3 days ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: 'Still Alice,' Oscar Shorts Expand Nicely As Award Season Enters Its Final Weeks

fb.indiewire.com – A handful of new specialty titles debuted rather quietly this weekend, leaving the story mostly to 2014-15 awards season hopefuls. Though notably of those newbies, two -- Freestyle's "Old Fashioned" and Magnolia's "Ballet 422" -- both managed strong bows on a couple screens. 15 weeks 3 days ago via theothersenhman
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar Hopeful 'Timbuktu' Debuts; 'Still Alice,' 'Violent Year' Solid In Expansion

fb.indiewire.com – One of the last feature length Oscar nominees to find theatrical release, Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" hit four theaters this care of Cohen Media Group clearly trying to capitalize on its Best Foreign Language Film nomination (the first ever for the country of Mauritania). And it was off to a strong start, grossing $50,000 for a $12,500 average. 16 weeks 3 days ago via donnieyen
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar-Snubbed 'Cake' Debuts So-So; 'Imitation Game' Becomes 2014's Biggest Indie

fb.indiewire.com – While the specialty box office was dominated by Oscar nominees, a couple of snubbed films tried to make the best of the buzz that came with almost being nominated. First and foremost was Daniel Barnz's "Cake," which earned Jennifer Aniston Golden Globe and SAG nominations -- but missed out at the Oscars.

17 weeks 3 days ago via jackiechan
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Specialty Box Office: 'Still Alice' Debuts Strong As Oscar Nominees Try and Cash In

fb.indiewire.com – The nominations for the Academy Awards were announced this past Thursday, with essentially every major nominee aiming to cash in this weekend. 18 weeks 3 days ago via jackiechan
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Specialty Box Office: Oscar Hopefuls Hang On As The Season Heats Up

fb.indiewire.com – The final weekend before the Oscar nominations was a big one for many of the films hoping to have a stamp of the Academy's approval come Thursday. Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" -- which is a dark horse for a Best Picture nomination -- continued to do nearly unheard of business in just 4 theaters. The film dropped just 18% as it took in another $555,000 for a staggering $138,750 per-theater-average.

19 weeks 3 days ago via jetli
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Specialty Box Office: A24 Kicks Off 'Year' In Style; 'Sniper' and 'Selma' Manage Rare Sophomore Jumps

fb.indiewire.com – JC Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" helped give 2015 a hardly violent kick-off as it and a slew of other 2014 holdovers had fantastic new year's weekends. "Year" -- which came out on New Year's Eve, thus being the final release of 2014 -- grossed $188,000 from just 4 theaters over the weekend, averaging an excellent $47,000 and bringing its total to $300,000. 20 weeks 3 days ago via donnieyen
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