Among specialty releases, holdovers held the spotlight the first weekend of June. Memorial Day weekend’s record-breaking opener Moonrise Kingdom retained its crown atop the box office in the specialty arena, averaging just over $53K per theater in 16 locations. Focus Features added 13 locations for the Wes Anderson-directed feature, which opened Cannes last month. And on this Diamond Jubilee weekend, Focus is, well, jubilant: “Moonrise continues to generate outstanding results this weekend,” a Focus spokesperson said this morning. “Saturday’s large increase over Friday (42%) reflects theaters adding more seats in response to demand (there were sellouts throughout the day). The estimated $53K theater average defines the film’s powerful box office momentum.”

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But the jewel in the crown is still Fox Searchlight‘s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which added 61 locations in its fifth weekend out. Set in India, the film took in  $4.6 million over the weekend, landing itself again in the overall box office top 10 with only a 25% decline from last last weekend’s gross, according to an equally pleased Searchlight exec: “We continue to compete with the summer tentpole films even though our theatre count is much lower. In some cases these films had 2 or 3 times the number of locations that we have. Word of mouth has obviously been driving moviegoers to seek out Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” As the movie “continues to broaden … certainly $30 million (domestic) will soon be in our rear view mirror. As of right now, there is no identifiable ceiling. Our audience is beyond just the art houses and upscale areas.”

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OK, now for the openers. Anchor Bay passed High School in 200 theaters with low marks. The film averaged just over $400, with an $80K gross. A Cat in Paris fared better with under an under $6K average, while Hardflip from Rocky Mountain Pictures averaged $2,520 in 22 theaters. Kino Lorber’s Palestinian-Israeli documentary Broken Cameras took in $6,500 at its exclusive opening at New York’s Film Forum.

NEW

1. High School (Anchor Bay) NEW [200 Theater] Weekend $80K, Average $403

2. Hardflip (Rocky Mountain Pictures) NEW [22 Theaters] Weekend $55K, Average $2,520

3. A Cat in Paris (GKids) NEW [6 Theaters] Weekend $35K, Average $5,833

4. 5 Broken Cameras (Kino Lorber) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $6,500

5. 6 Month Rule (Secret Identity) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $1,356

Returning / 2nd Weekend

1. Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features) Week 2 [16 Theaters] Weekend $848,681, Average $53,043, Cume $1.46M

2. The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company) Week 2 [50 Theaters] Weekend $350K, Average $7,004, Cume $517K

3. Hide Away (Abramorama) Week 2 [5 Theaters] Weekend $15K, Average $3,133, Cume $17K

Holdovers / 3RD+ Weekends

1. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 5 [1,294 Theaters] Weekend $4.6M, Average $3,555, Cume $25.496M

2. Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) Week [302 Theaters] Weekend $937K, Average $3,104, Cume $3.65M

3. Crooked Arrows (Branded/Peck Entertainment) Week 3 [325 Theaters] Weekend $728K, Average $2,239, Cume $1.247M

4. Hysteria (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 3 [65 Theaters] Weekend $190K, Average $2,922, Cume $473K

5. First Position (Sundance Selects) Week 5 [58 Theaters] Weekend $87K, Average $1,500, Cume $693K

6. Darling Companion (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 7 [61 Theaters] Weekend $66K, Average $1,054, Cume $625K

7. Girl In Progress (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 4 [50 Theaters] Weekend $31.5K, Average $630, Cume $2.51M

8. Polisse (Sundance Selects) Week 3 [21 Theaters] Weekend $31K, Average $1,500, Cume $134K

9 The Artist (The Weinstein Company) Week 28 [87 Theaters] Weekend $29K, Average $333, Cume $44.61M

10. Bully (The Weinstein Company) Week 10 [88 Theaters] Weekend $22K, Average $250, Cume $3.389M

11. Elena (Zeitgeist Films) Week 3 [6 Theaters] Weekend $11K, Average $1,838, Cume $53K

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