After a solid $22.6M European opening, Focus Features’ Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy began its North American run in 4 theaters (2 in NYC, 2 in LA) with an impressive per screen average of $75+K. Every location again experienced sell out or close to sell out conditions from late matinee through the 9PM shows. The weekend results make Tinker Tailor the #3 largest opening average of all specialty films in 2011, behind #1 Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris and #2 Terence Malick’s Tree Of Life and #3rd film opening on 4 screens on record. Paramount’s Young Adult platformed in 8 theaters with $40K per screen averages. Paramount points out that it out-grossed the expansions of both The Artist and Shame on half the screens. Paramount has The Adventures Of Tintin for domestic, and Sony for overseas. The Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson collaboration is having a great start in North America’s Quebec after a very successful European run. (Tintin Passes $200M International; Will U.S. Audiences Board The Bandwagon?) Tintin grossed an estimated $8.1M on 6,000 screens in 51 markets over the weekend, bringing the cume to $233.7M now. Company breakdown is as follows: Sony – $170.5M cume, Paramount – $52.7M cume, others $10.5M cume:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Focus Features) NEW [4 Theaters]
Weekend $300K, Per Screen Average $75,184

Young Adult (Paramount) NEW [8 Theaters]
Weekend $320K, Per Screen $40,000

The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount) NEW [70 Theaters]
Weekend $1.3M, Per Screen $19,113, Cume $1.4M

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (Yash Raj Films) NEW [80 Theaters]
Weekend $211K, Per Screen $2,640

I Melt With You (Magnolia) NEW [2 Theaters]
Weekend $3K, Per Screen $1,293

Panjaa (India) NEW [31 Theaters]
Weekend $194K, Per Screen $6,274, Cume $194K

Osthe (India) NEW [16 Theaters]
Weekend $60K, Per Screen $3,800, Cume $60K

Penny Pinchers (CJE) NEW (1 Theater)
Weekend $5K, Per Screen $5,878, Cume $5K

Eye Of The Storm (EONE) NEW [3 Theaters]
Weekend $5K, Per Screen $1,874, Cume $5K

Magic To Win (China) NEW [5 Theaters]
Weekend $5K, Per Screen $1,049, Cume $5K

Shame (Fox Searchlight) Week 2 [21 Theaters]
Weekend $276K, Per Screen $13,146, Cume $774K

My Week With Marilyn (Weinstein Co) Week 3 [244 Theaters]
Weekend $784K, Per Screen $3,213, Cume $5.1M

The Artist (The Weinstein Co) Week 3 [16 Theaters]
Weekend $292K, Per Screen $18,258, Cume $885K

A Dangerous Method (Sony Classics) Week 3 [4 Theaters)
Weekend $80K, Per Screen $20,031, Cume $539K

Melancholia (Magnolia) Week 5 [135 Theaters]
Weekend $222K, Per Screen $1,644, Cume $1.9M

Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage) Week 7 [162 Theaters]
Weekend $170K, Per Screen $1,049, Cume $3.1M

Margin Call (Roadside Attractions) Week 8 [146 Theaters]
Weekend $184K, Per Screen $1,265, Cume $5M

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight) Week 8 [64 Theaters]
Weekend $48K, Per Screen $751, Cume $2.8M

The Skin I Live In (Sony Classics) Week 9 [109 Theaters]
Weekend $111K, Per Screen $1,029, Cume $2.8M

Take Shelter (Sony Classics) Week 11 [63 Theaters]
Weekend $47K, Per Screen $747, Cume $1.5M,

Midnight In Paris (Sony Classics) Week 30 [195 Theaters]
Weekend $128K, Per Screen $657, Cume $56.1M

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