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‘Red Hook Summer’, ’2 Days In New York’ Debuts So-So: Specialty Box Office

By | Sunday August 12, 2012 @ 11:35am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

A pair of New York-centric limited releases debuted in exclusive runs in NYC over the weekend and the numerical results were decent at best. Red Hook Summer and 2 Days In New York lead specialty openers with limited runs. Spike Lee’s latest Brooklyn tale Red Hook Summer bowed in four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, averaging $10,525. OK but not spectacular. The film doesn’t have major stars and its distributor touted its opening on four screens instead of the “safer route” of two locations as many specialty openings do.

“We’re very excited, and think this is a great start to the show,” Variance Films head Dylan Marchetti said. “As Spike often says, ‘no shenanigans’ – so rather than play the per-screen average game and open only two theaters, we made sure the film was available to its audience in Harlem and of course, the Republic of Brooklyn right on the break, and the reaction from the crowds showed it was clearly worth it.” Variance and Lee’s 40 Acres plan to keep RHS in the New York area next week, followed by an expansion in Atlanta, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and LA in two weeks with more to come August 31st.

Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York is the followup to her popular chatty comedy 2 Days In Paris in which she starred opposite Adam Goldberg. For New York, she essentially reprised the formula, switched cities and switched to Chris Rock as her love interest. The Sundance 2012 entrant has not grabbed audiences like the first one, at least in its theatrical debut, though it performed decently with a $13,500 average in two theaters. Read More »

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’2 Days In New York,’ ‘Red Hook Summer’, ‘Goats’: Specialty Box Office Preview

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

In the dog days of summer, several specialty releases hit theaters this weekend including two from high-profile filmmakers. Julie Delpy follows up her popular 2 Days In Paris with her (apparently final) followup, 2 Days In New York in which she stars opposite Chris Rock. Spike Lee rolls out his own Sundance ’12 opener Red Hook Summer in Manhattan and his beloved Brooklyn with his latest story about the borough. David Duchovny stars in Goats, which took a decade to make before its Sundance debut. And Holland’s famous prostitutes take the spotlight in Dutch documentary Meet The Fokkens, which begins its U.S. exhibition this weekend.

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Director: Julie Delpy
Writers: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon
Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Daniel Bruhl
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

“I never even thought of going to a studio,” co-writer/director/star Julie Delpy said about her latest project (actually all her directorial projects up until this one). I put the financing together through a European financing system and it’s not easy – it’s a struggle.” The followup to her 2007 feature 2 Days In Paris, which took in a cool $4.433 million Stateside for that film’s distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, the current title basically replicates Paris’ dialogue-heavy banter, open talk about sexuality and crossing social taboos, but this time Chris Rock stars as her love interest and New York is the setting. Read More »

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