CATEGORIES Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language, Independent, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Box Office, Cinematical Indie, War, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeExpanding to nearly 2,500 theaters, Juno slowed down only incrementally as it maintained its hold at the top of the indie box office chart, based on estimates compiled by Leonard Klady at Movie City Indie. Raking in $13.7 million over the weekend, good enough to place it #3 overall, the returns translated into $5,600 per screen. The weekly gross is down just 13% from the previous week; so far, the film has made $71 million for distributor Fox Searchlight and is galloping toward smashing the $100 million mark.
Period romantic drama (and perennial indie box office bridesmaid) Atonement continued its very nice performance, earning $4,410 per screen at 950 theaters for a weekend total of $4.2 million. Its cumulative total of $25.1 million for Focus Features would be making more noise were it not for the runaway mainstream success of Juno.
Distributor Freestyle Releasing opened Uwe Boll's fantasy action pic In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale wide on more than 1,600 screens and barely eked out $1,740 per screen. Frankly, Scott Weinberg's review is far more entertaining than the movie.
Likewise, Picturehouse moved Spanish-language The Orphanage out across America and the results were mixed. At $3,090 per screen at 638 locations, it out performed the other ghost story in the marketplace (the tepid One Missed Call in its second week), but doesn't appear to have caught fire yet. Word of mouth may help in the coming days.
Epic oil drama There Will Be Blood may be gaining traction; Paramount Vantage increased its theater count to 129 and, according to Box Office Mojo, its per-screen average ($15,038) was the highest of the weekend. I'm also seeing some TV advertising. Very quietly, the animated Persepolis is creeping out into the public consciousness; it earned an average of $10,833 per screen at 18 theaters for Sony Classics.