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Specialty Box Office: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Anna Karenina’ Shine In Debuts

By | Sunday November 18, 2012 @ 9:35am PST

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.

The Specialty market received a shot in the arm with the debuts of TWC’s Silver Linings Playbook and Focus Features’ Anna Karenina. Both Oscar contenders bowed at 16 theaters and scored well with audiences. Playbook won the numbers game with a robust $28,652 per theater average. In the overall box office, it came in second only to Breaking Dawn Part 2 in terms of theater average. Anna Karenina had a $19,712 PTA, also a very solid start for the Joe Wright-directed feature that has accumulated nearly $10.6 million in foreign B.O. to date. IFC Films’ Parker Posey starrer Price Check, meanwhile, opened more tepidly with a $2,300 average at IFC Center. The film played a smaller theater at the downtown Manhattan venue although most seats were filled. Filmmaker Michael Walker was on-hand for post-screening Q&As. The filmmakers will continue to tour with Price Check, which is currently available on VOD and iTunes, with stops in San Francisco next weekend and Austin on November 30.
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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Price Check’, ‘Mea Culpa Maxima’ & More

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 9:28pm PST

Brian Brooks is Managing Editor of MovieLine.

More Oscar contenders are lined up at the specialty gate this weekend, most notably The Weinstein Company’s The Silver Linings Playbook, whose strategy has evolved in the run-up to Friday’s launch. The title will start with a handful of bookings before expanding gradually into wide release. Focus Features’ hopeful Anna Karenina will also hit the same number of cinemas in its initial outing, targeting women and the art-house crowd. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s Mea Culpa Maxima: Silence In The House Of God will open in NYC and LA before HBO takes it to the network. Also opening is IFC Films’ Parker Posey starrer Price Check which IFC picked up last spring, and Rialto is spearheading a relaunch of the digitally restored 1951 classic, The Man In The White Suit.

Anna Karenina
Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel)
Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Distributor: Focus Features

A dozen remakes have tackled Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel of the same title. This one is distinguished with large portions of the action taking place as if on a stage. Director Joe Wright said that he came up with the idea only weeks before the shoot was set to begin. He admitted the decision threw the production into a frenzy but he decided it would be the best course creatively and for the bottom line. “A lot of the budget was being spent on hotels and travel and all this stuff that the audience is never going to get to see … And I thought, if I could set this film in one place, where would it be? I was reminded of Orlando Figes’ book Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, in which he talks about Russian society as if they lived upon a stage.” Read More »

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IFC Films Acquires ‘Price Check’

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 2:15pm PDT

New York, NY (September 25, 2012) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Michael Walker’s comedy PRICE CHECK. Walker also wrote the screenplay for the film, with Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, and Edward Herrmann starring. Dolly Hall produced the picture, which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Films will release the film on VOD on October 11th and theatrically on November 16th.

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