CATEGORIES Comedy, Drama, Foreign Language, IFC, Box Office, Miramax, Cinematical Indie, Paramount Vantage, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Roadside Attractions, UK Box Office, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeTwo new indie releases fared well, while two others struggled. Hailing from Norway, Reprise (Miramax) earned a very good $15,500 per-screen average at three theaters, according to estimates compiled by Leonard Klady at Movie City News. Our own James Rocchi gushed in his review: "Directed by Joachim Trier, Reprise is one of the most brilliant, heartfelt, exciting and exuberant feature film debuts in recent memory."
Mexican film Sangre de mi Sangre (AKA Padre Nuestro) (IFC Films) nestled into the #2 spot, earning $8,500 at one theater in Manhattan. The film follows two teenagers, one honest, one dishonest, trying to reach their disparate goals (reuniting with family, making money). Eric D. Snider noted: "The trouble is that the film is so bleak as to be almost hopeless ... Its grimness is not matched by its excellence."
Cinematical's Erik Davis raved about German director Christian Petzold's Yella (Cinema Guild) when he saw it at the Berlin film festival last year: "Like a drug, Yella slowly creeps on you long after the end credits roll, takes hold of your body and doesn't let go until you're convinced it was one of the best films this year's Berlinale had to offer." Opening at two theaters, the film made $3,450 per screen.
Despite good reviews (82% positive at Rotten Tomatoes), Georgina Garcia Riedel's How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Maya Releasing) failed to make an impact, opening at 84 theaters and marshaling just $1,040 per screen, per Mr. Klady's estimate.
Turning to estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo, it's clear that a number of holdovers did just fine. Tarsem Singh's visually stunning, if indifferently reviewed, The Fall (Roadside Attractions) maintained a very decent per-screen average of $5,709 in its second week of release. The film has taken in about $180,000 so far.
Holding up very well in its fourth week of release, the Claude Lelouch thriller Roman de Gare (Samuel Goldwyn) expanded from 15 to 24 theaters and enjoyed a per-screen average of $4,416, resulting in an estimated cumulative total of $465,000. Period drama Before the Rains (Roadside Attractions) also did pretty well, expanding to 28 theaters in its second week and making an average of $3,750 per screen.
Trailing behind, but still attracting audiences, were three other holdovers: Helen Hunt's Then She Found Me (Paramount Vantage; $3,567 per screen; 4th week; $1.5 million cumulative), Tom McCarthy's The Visitor (Overture; $3,066 per screen; 6th week; $3.4 million total); Gareth Jennings' Son of Rambow (Paramount Vantage; $2,450 per screen; 3rd week; $509,000 cumulative).