Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.

Marquee specialty newcomers were at a minimum this weekend, continuing a pattern that began with the New Year. Among the limited release debuts reporting Sunday, both Happy People: A Year In The Taiga from Werner Herzog and Israeli director Eytan Fox’s Yossi reported fair openings, while Magnolia Pictures’ John Dies At The End showed more momentum in its LA debut at one location with $13,500 making it the top opener among the specialties. Music Box Films’ Happy People opened at IFC Center in New York, grossing $9,882, while Strand Releasing’s Yossi bowed in two cinemas, taking in $13,208 for a $6,604 average. Among holdovers, Indomina’s LUV subtracted 24 theaters in the film’s second weekend, grossing $18K for a slight $857 average. Oscar hopeful Amour meanwhile held solid in another expansion and TWC’s Quartet also held robust numbers after adding 131 theaters. IFC Films’ Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe as a poltical strategist, split $1,200 for the weekend between two theaters in LA and New York.

Siberian-set documentary Happy People: A Year In The Taiga bowed at NYC’s IFC Center with a so-so $9,882 that single location. Werner Herzog is a giant among documentary filmmakers, but the film, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2010, opened theatrically over the weekend in the shadow of the Oscar-nominated filmmaker’s 2011 release Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, which opened with an average of $27,820 in five theaters, though his Into The Abyss – also a 2011 release — only totaled $223,880 domestically. Music Box Films will add six markets including Los Angeles on February 15th and will expand to Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., and San Diego on February 22. 

Strand opened Yossi, the follow-up to Eytan Fox’s acclaimed 2002 feature Yossi & Jagger, in two locations, grossing $13,208, less than its predecessor’s $19,395 debut in one theater 10 years ago. Yossi is currently slated for 40 locations.

Both Sony Pictures Classics’ Amour and TWC’s Quartet had solid expansions in their sixth and third weekends, respectively. SPC added 28 theaters for its multiple-Oscar nominee Amour, grossing $480,969 for a $7,515 average. Last weekend it averaged $11,479 in 36 locations. TWC added a hefty 131 theaters for Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet in its third weekend. The film grossed a solid $1.149 million for an average just over $7K. Last weekend the title grossed $320K, averaging $10K. Its three-week come is just shy of $1.7 million.

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Happy People: A Year In The Taiga (Music Box Films) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,882

John Dies At The End (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $13,500

Knife Fight (IFC Films) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $1,200, Average $6,000

Yossi (Strand Releasing) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $13,208, Average $6,604

RETURNING / 2ND WEEKEND

LUV (Indomina) Week 2 [21 Theaters] Weekend $18,000, Average $857, Cume $119,142

HOLDVERS / 3RD+ WEEKEND

Quartet (The Weinstein Company) Week 3 [163 Theaters] Weekend $1,149,000, Average $7,049, Cume $1,689,829

West Of Memphis (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 5 [14 Theaters] Weekend $22,857, Average $1,633, Cume $82,759

Amour (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [64 Theaters] Weekend $480,969, Average $7,515, Cume $1,814,877

The Impossible (Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate) Week 6 [782 Theaters] Weekend $1.98M, Average $2,532, Cume $13,341,755

Hyde Park On Hudson (Focus Features) Week 8 [144 Theaters] Weekend $248,877, Average $1,728, Cume $5,279,800

Beware Of Mr. Baker (Independent) Week 9 [15 Theaters] Weekend $21,826, Average $1,455, Cume $75,734

Rust And Bone (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 10 [116 Theaters] Weekend $128,180, Average $1,105, Cume $1,709,158

Anna Karenina (Focus Features) Week 11 [98 Theaters] Weekend $102,774, Average $1,049, Cume $12,404,719

Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company) Week 11 [2,641 Theaters] Weekend $10M, Average $3,786, Cume $69,464,627

Holy Motors (Indomina) Week 15 [12 Theaters] Weekend $18,583, Average $1,548, Cume $641,054

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Summit Entertainment) Week 19 [56 Theaters] Weekend $31K, Average $554, Cume $17,715,056

The Master (The Weinstein Company) Week 20 [37 Theaters] Weekend $71K, Average $1,919, Cume $16,128,745

Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 27 [26 Theaters] Weekend $30,412, Average $1,170, Cume $3,181,223

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