Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.

Numbers trickling in point to a soft weekend in the specialty arena. Music Box Films bowed in 16 theaters a brave story starring Alan Cumming about a gay couple fighting to retain custody of special needs child they reared. Any Day Now is a brave film and story that earned audience prizes at festivals throughout the year. Unfortunately it did not connect fully with paying audiences in its debut but hopefully its audience will build through word-of-mouth. It averaged only $2,563 per location. On December 21 it will expand to 6 additional markets and Music Box expects 50 by February. Cavu Pictures/Snag Films debuted Let Fury Have The Hour at New York’s Quad Cinema with an estimated $3,200. After the New Year it will expand to San Francisco January 18th and to Los Angeles on the 25th. IFC Films reported Save The Date opened in single cinemas in Los Angeles and New York for an average of $2,000.

Focus Features moved Bill Murray starrer Hyde Park On Hudson into 32 more theaters from its debut last week. The pic averaged a solid $8,261 versus its $20,820 opening average in 4 locations. Focus said it will continue adding markets on the 21st and with more to come in the New Year. Kudos to The Weinstein  Company’s Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook. It stayed in 371 theaters in its 5th weekend, averaging $5,617, a minimal drop from $6,032 last weekend. The feature from writer/director David O. Russell had a strong opening in mid-November and has held up fairly well in its steady rollout. 

Multiple distributors have not reported numbers: MPI Pictures for opener Yelling to the Sky; TriBeca Film for holdover The Fitzgerald Family Christmas; Cinedigm for holdover In Our Nature, and Strand Releasing for holdover California Solo.

NEW

Any Day Now (Music Box Films) NEW [16 Theaters] Weekend $41K, Average $2,563

Let Fury Have The Hour (Cavu Pictures/Snag Films) [1 Theater] Weekend $3,200

Save The Date (IFC Films) [2 Theaters] Weekend $4K, Average 2K

RETURNING / 2ND WEEKEND

Hyde Park On Hudson (Focus Features) Week 2 [ 36 Theaters] Weekend $297,406, Average $8,261, Cume $409,428

Los Angeles: Skid Row Is My Home Week 2 [1 Theater] Weekend $2,119, Cume $11,172

Only The Young (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,500, Average $750, Cume $3,528

Tchoupitoulas (Oscilloscope Laboratories) Week 2 [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,700, Average $850, Cume $5,477

HOLDOVERS / 3RD+ WEEKEND

Beware Of Mr. Baker (Independent) Week 3 [1 Theater] Weekend $4,868, Cume $45,706

Hecho En México (Lionsgate) Week 3 [10 Theaters] Weekend $145,290, Average $14,529, Cume $277,080

Killing Them Softly (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [1,427 Theaters] Weekend $1M, Average $701, Cume $14,132,305

Hitchcock (Fox Searchlight) Week 4 [561 Theaters] Weekend $1,085,000, Average $1,935, Cume $3,050,000

Rust And Bone (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4 [6 Theaters] Weekend $56,040, Average $9,340, Cume $207,686

Anna Karenina (Focus Features) Week 5 [409 Theaters] Weekend $998,103, Average $2,440, Cume $8,364,965

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) Week 5 [371 Theaters] Weekend $2.084M, Average $5,617, Cume $16,954,049

Burn: One Year On The Frontlines (Area 23a) Week 6 [4 Theater] Weekend $12,760, Average $3,190, Cume $105,137

Chasing Ice (Submarine Deluxe) Week 6 [53 Theaters] Weekend $56,501, Average $1,066, Cume $603,301

The Other Son (Cohen Media Group) Week 8 [39 Theaters] Weekend $49,905, Average $1,280, Cume $1,042,648

Alex Cross (Lionsgate) Week 8 [175 Theaters] Weekend $73K, Average $417, Cume $25,738,980

Brooklyn Castle (Producers Distribution Agency) Week 9 [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,001, Average $1,500.50, Cume $188,335

Holy Motors (Indomina) Week 9 [21 Theaters] Weekend $25,194, Average $1,199, Cume $445,328

The Sessions (Fox Searchlight) Week 9 [151 Theaters] Weekend $148K, Average $980, Cume $5,209,051

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 13 [125 Theaters] Weekend $78K, Average $624, Cume $16,998,554

Samasara (Oscilloscope Laboratories] Week 17 [10 Theaters] Weekend $9,800, Average $980, Cume $2,583,027

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 21 [31 Theaters] Weekend $21,495, Average $693, Cume $2,930,539

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