CATEGORIES Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Sony, ThinkFilm, Box Office, Cinematical Indie, Paramount Vantage, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeWith a high-profile cast, high-profile filmmakers, tremendous buzz, and limited competition, it would have been shocking if No Country for Old Men had not finished in first place for the specialty box office this weekend. The Coen Brothers' film has received near-unanimous praise (95% positive per Rotten Tomatoes), including great reviews from our own Patrick Walsh and James Rocchi. No Country averaged $42,928 per screen at 28 locations in New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. for distributor Paramount Vantage, according to estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo.
Opening in just one theater in New York, Holly pulled down a very impressive $35,000, also according to Box Office Mojo. Ron Livingston stars as an American in Cambodia who tries to save a young girl who has been sold into child prostitution. In my review, I noted that "what makes the film distinctive is the spare, subtle approach of the filmmakers. ... It offers no easy answers and does not sidestep stickier questions. ... Ron Livingston turns in a controlled, admirably restrained performance." Holly expands later this month; it deserves to be seen as widely as possible.
Leonard Klady of Movie City News commented: "Bollywood appeared to be making Hollywood-like misjudgments with two high profile films butting heads for Diwali holiday business." Om Shanti Om (from Eros Entertainment) earned $14,650 per screen at 114 while Saawariya (from Sony) made $6,350 per screen at 85 engagements. Eric D. Snider has more information on both films in The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar.
Documentary War/Dance has received very good reviews, such as Kim Voynar's glowing rave, and earned $5,300 per screen at three theaters in New York and Los Angeles during its opening weekend, according to Klady's estimates.