Directed by Canadian indie veteran Patricia Rozema (I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, When Night is Falling), Kit Kittredge has clearly benefited from a devoted fan base that convinced thousands of their parental units to fork over $20 per ticket -- which, to be fair, includes a limited-edition t-shirt -- to see the movie in advance of its wide release tomorrow. That's a very good performance when you consider its main competition was not, actually, a French-language flick that skewed very adult, but actually a heavily-advertised animated film.
Catherine Breillat's The Last Mistress (IFC Films), starring Asia Argento, took in $17,600 per screen at two locations, which probably owes as much, if not more, to the name recognition of Argento as that of the often-confounding Breillat.
Trumbo (Samuel Goldwyn), a documentary about the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, did very nicely, scoring $9,500 per screen at three theaters, while Werner Herzog's personal essay on the Antarctic, Encounters at the End of the World (ThinkFilm), expanded to eight theaters and earned $6,762 per screen.
Mongol (Picturehouse) expanded to 209 locations, nearly doubling its theater count, and hit a very respectable per-screen average of $4,043. The film has earned $2.3 million to date.