CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, ThinkFilm, Box Office, Miramax, Cinematical Indie, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeWho doesn't love a period drama? Becoming Jane earned $10,100 per screen for Miramax, sailing into the top slot for the weekend among more limited engagements, according to estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo. Cinematical's James Rocchi called it "a warm and charming romantic drama" and audiences were clearly drawn either by the stars -- Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy -- or, more likely, the idea of a Jane Austen movie that's actually about Jane Austen. The picture opened in 100 theaters and will "likely" be expanding to about 500 locations next weekend, according to Variety's story, in which they chatted briefly with Miramax president Daniel Battsek.
Proving itself remarkably critic-proof, El Cantante had a very healthy weekend. Fans of Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and salsa legend Héctor Lavoe drove the picture to #12 overall with a per-screen average of $6,003 at 542 locations for distributor Picturehouse. Variety says that it "performed especially well in New York and Florida." I'm not sure why they didn't just say: "Places with huge Puerto Rican communities." I think the success of the picture says something about the hunger people have to see movies that relate in some way to their lives and culture, even when the critics in general turn thumbs down. El Cantante managed only a miserable 23% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Kim Voynar highlighted the good points but also drew attention to its shortcomings.
The Ten was the third new film in limited release. Playing at 25 locations, David Wain's anthology comedy made an estimated $4,700 per screen for ThinkFilm. James Rocchi said it's "a wacky, hit-and-miss, shotgun blast of a comedy that stands apart from the corporate commodity comedy's become in major-studio Hollywood." It's a great weekend when you can choose to see a period drama, a musical biopic or a blasphemous comedy.