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Specialty B.O.: ‘Loneliest Planet’ Leads Debuts; ‘Sessions, ‘Holy Motors’ Hold Solid

By | Sunday October 28, 2012 @ 10:26am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Newcomers and holdovers came in flat in an unmemorable weekend for Specialty Box Office. The Loneliest Planet bowed solid with a $10,200 average in two locations. Sundance Selects will take the movie starring Gael García Bernal to the top 15 markets in the next two weeks. Rocky Mountain Pictures, the group that brought on this year’s record-breaking doc 2016: Obama’s America, debuted District Of Corruption in three theaters, averaging $7,374 for the weekend’s second-best showing among the titles reporting. Cohen Media Group’s The Other Son debuted in 41 theaters, averaging just over $3K. Radius’ theatrical debut of Pusher landed with a thud, taking in just over $5K in 14 locations. The TWC multiplatform label stressed that its VOD run is primary, but did not report figures. The distributor’s co-head Tom Quinn said, “It’s done great on VOD. On its face it’s about the genre and its gotten good traction.” Among holdovers, Fox Searchlight’s The Sessions expanded strongly, with a weekend best theater asverage of $11,500. Indomina’s Holy Motors remained in in two theaters but held steady with a average of $7,648. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘The Loneliest Planet,’ ‘Orchestra Of Exiles,’ ‘Pusher,’ ‘The Zen Of Bennett’

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 10:28pm PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Two music-oriented documentaries are rolling out in this weekend’s Specialty arena. Tribeca Film Festival 2012 doc The Zen Of Bennett will begin a slow release with the focus on legendary Tony Bennett. Orchestra Of Exiles heads to theaters trailing the Israeli Philharmonic to various cities along with the film about its WWII origins. Sundance Selects will bow Julia Loktev’s long-time-in-coming The Loneliest Planet, starring Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg in a limited release. And Radius TWC will open its first pickup title Pusher in select cities. The film has been on VOD in the U.S. for one month.

The Loneliest Planet
Director-writer: Julia Loktev
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
Distributor: Sundance Selects

Producer Marie Therese Guirgis first came on board The Loneliest Planet six years ago. Financial maneuvering would lead the project down many international paths before it settled into the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where writer-director Julia Loktev initially wanted to shoot. “I was working with Julia and Lars [Knudsen] and Jay [Van Hoy from Parts and Labor] all came on board together,” said Guirgis. “The project had some things fall through. We initially started with full funding with a particular investor. Read More »

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