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Specialty Box Office: ‘The Kid With A Bike’ Opens Strong, ‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’ OK

By | Sunday March 18, 2012 @ 12:20pm PDT

St. Patrick’s Day weekend proved lucky for the Dardenne brothers’ U.S. debut of The Kid With A Bike. IFC Films opened the Belgian filmmakers’ picture in 3 locations with a robust $16,300 per screen. SXSW ’11 awards-winner Natural Selection opened at the Angelika in NYC with a decent $9,201. The Duplass Bros’ Jeff Who Lives At Home bowed in 254 theaters, with a modest $3,307 average.

Co-director Mark Duplass told Deadline that their distributor Paramount Vantage spent very little on the release’s P&A debut and they hoped the film’s cast would attract audiences despite the modest marketing dollars. They remain hopeful for the weeks ahead. “We found the gamble to be good and bad,” said Duplass. “Turns out awareness of the film was low going into the weekend, but that the people who did discover the film are spreading incredibly strong word-of-mouth as evidenced by the uptick throughout the weekend. We plan to expand next weekend with a more aggressive P&A spend as well.”

The main box office story was Sony’s 21 Jump Street‘s $35 million bow, but Lionsgate’s Spanish-language Will Farrell vehicle Casa De Mi Padre had an impressive rollout for what otherwise amounted to a specialty release.

Among week 2 specialty holdovers, Roadside Attractions added 266 theaters for Friends With Kids, averaging a decent $2,344, a 26% decline from its first weekend. Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen was perhaps the weekend’s most solid holdover, adding 44 screens, averaging a solid $7,339, a 45% drop from the film’s bow in 18 locations.

1. The Kid With A Bike (IFC Films) New [3 Theaters] Weekend $48K, Per Screen Average $16,300

2. Jeff Who Lives At Home (Paramount Vantage) NEW [254 Theaters] Weekend $840K, Per Screen Average $3,307

3. Natural Selection (The Cinema Guild) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,201

4. Detachment (Tribeca Film) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $11,050, Per Screen Average $5,525

5. Seeking Justice (Anchor Bay) NEW [231 Theaters] Weekend $260K, Per Screen Average $1,126

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Hot Trailer: ‘Jeff, Who Lives At Home’

By | Saturday January 21, 2012 @ 7:09am PST

Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon star in Jeff, Who Lives At Home. In the basement. Then his mother sends him on a simple errand that might end up changing his life along the way. From Jay and Mark Duplass, who gave us another memorable character, Cyrus. From Paramount Vantage, it opens March 16.

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‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Delays To 2013 So Jeremy Renner More Of Global Draw

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 5:02pm PST

UPDATE: Paramount has moved release dates for three of its movies. Paramount’s and MGM’s action comedy Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters in 3D, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, is getting the biggest bump — moving from March 2, 2012, to January 11, 2013. “This should really set up the international,” a studio exec explains to me. ”Jeremy Renner’s international profile should be in great shape after being in Mission: Impossible 4 now, then The Avengers in May, then The Bourne Legacy in August. As this past weekend shows, January is great play time internationally, and we haven’t done too bad domestically in January, either.” The film, which also stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stromare, picks up the fairy tale 15 years after Hansel and Gretel’s evil encounter at the gingerbread house. They’ve become bounty hunters tracking and killing wicked witches. Tommy Wirkola directs and co-wrote the script with Dante Harper; Will Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods are producing.

The studio also moved the wide release of Eddie Murphy’s comedic drama A Thousand Words to April 20, 2012, down from March 23. Paramount Vantage’s Jay and Mark Duplass-directed comedy Jeff Who Lives At Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, will get a limited release on March 16, 2012, back from its original March 2 slot.

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