An elderly chorus sings a repertoire of modern pop and rock songs in Stephen Walker's documentary Young @ Heart (Fox Searchlight); audiences responded to the tune of $13,075 per screen at four locations. Cinematical's James Rocchi wrote: "Even for all its flaws and failures it still succeeds in showing us friends who -- through song and art and community and, yes, love -- are doing their best to face it with everything that they've got."
David Ayer's Street Kings (Fox Searchlight) should be included, I suppose, because it's distributed by an studio specialty division known for its indie releases, though not much about the police drama screams "indie." By the per-screen numbers, it finished third, earning an average of $4,864 at each of 2,467 engagements. "As yet another tale of dirty criminals and even dirtier cops," Scott Weinberg opined, "Street Kings works well enough, albeit strictly in a 'been there, seen that' sort of way."
Smart People (Miramax) generates a lot of laughs without providing much insight into its characters, in my opinion, but James Rocchi thought otherwise, calling it a "superbly-made piece of entertainment for grown-ups." Playing at more than 1,100 theaters, it earned $3,797 per screen. Dennis Quaid stars as a curmudgeonly college professor; also featured are Ellen Page as his wisecracking daughter, Thomas Haden Church as his wise lower-class brother and Sarah Jessica Parker as a doctor with low romantic standards.
Among holdovers, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Flight of the Red Balloon (IFC Films) performed strongly, averaging $12,600 per screen at two theaters. Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights (Weinstein Co.) dropped off a bit more, winding up with a still-solid $7,616 per-screen average at six locations. The long-running Bella (Roadside Attractions) roared back to life, expanding to 28 theaters and making $3,928 at each in its 25th week. And Audrey Tatou's enduring appeal no doubt helped Priceless (Samuel Goldwyn) to earn $3,707 per-screen in 41 engagements.