Specialty Box Office: ‘The Artist’ And ‘A Separation’ Cash In Oscar Wins

By | Sunday March 4, 2012 @ 12:50pm PST

UPDATE, 5:32 PM: Oscar clearly proved lucrative for The Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures Classics. Best Foreign Language winner A Separation added 160 locations in its first post-Oscar weekend outing, grossing over $1 million for the Farsi-language feature, averaging over $4,000 per screen. Best Picture winner The Artist, meanwhile averaged $2,171 from 1,756 theaters, up from the previous week’s 966 locations.

The big box office story of course was Universal’s The Lorax. The studio’s specialty division Focus Features also rolled out a title of its own, Being Flynn, at four theaters with a moderate $11,386 average. Also debuting this weekend were Paladin’s Boy at two location, grossing $45,000 — coming in with the highest per screen average of the titles we’re currently reporting — and Zeitgeist’s The Salt Of The Earth also in two theaters, taking in $21,000. Fox Searchlight’s The Descendants, which won Best Adapted Screenplay at last weekend’s Oscars, dropped 195 theaters from last week, grossing over $1.3 million from 694 theaters. The film directed by Alexander Payne has cumed nearly $80.5 million.

1. Being Flynn (Focus Features) NEW [4 Theaters]
Weekend $45K, Per Screen Average $11,386

2. Boy (Paladin) NEW [2 Theaters]
Weekend $23K, Per Screen Average $11,695

3. Last Days Here (Sundance Selects) NEW [1 Theater]
Weekend $3K

4. The Salt Of Life (Zeitgeist) NEW [2 Theaters]
Weekend $21K, Per Screen Average $10,500

5. The Forgiveness Of Blood (Sundance Selects) Week 2 [6 Theaters]
Weekend $19,200, Per Screen Average $3,200, Cume $50K
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Paladin Acquires New Zealand Pic ‘Boy’

By | Monday August 15, 2011 @ 10:25am PDT
Mike Fleming

Mark Urman’s Paladin made a U.S. distribution deal for Boy, the Taika Waititi-directed film that became a sleeper hit on its home turf in New Zealand. Set in 1984, the film focuses on an 11-year-old (James Rolleston) who … Read More »

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Sundance Institute: Film Forward 1st Slate

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 1:46pm PST

LOS ANGELES, CA – Following up on last month’s announcement of the Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative, Sundance Institute announced today the ten films selected to participate in the inaugural year of this cultural exchange program. The first Film Forward slate includes five American and five international films

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