Specialty Box Office: ‘Cafe De Flore’, ‘A Late Quartet’ Lead Pack Of Newcomers

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Specialty movies openers bowed mostly middling at at best, and a couple of pictures may have suffered residual Hurricane Sandy trauma. Adopt Films’ Café De Flore took the per-theater-average crown with $10K in one location. Entertainment One’s A Late Quartet bowed in 9 theaters with a fairly solid average of 8,433, although the distributor suggested the figure was lower than it might have been if The Sunshine in Manhattan’s Lower East Side had been able to re-open sooner. The cinema regained power midday Saturday. TWC’s This Must Be The Place hit the skids with a $3,526 average in a pair of locations, while Radius’ The Details managed only a modest $1,427 average. Roadside/Lionsgate’s art-thriller The Bay bottomed out with a $932 average from 23 theaters. But Anchor Bay’s Vamps fizzled with $500 in one theater. Magnolia Pictures opted not to report numbers for its opener Jack And Diane because it didn’t open in NYC until today because of the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Bay,’ ‘A Late Quartet,’ ‘This Must Be The Place’, ‘Jack And Diane’

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

Box office repercussions of Hurricane Sandy likely will continue this weekend in the Specialty market. Two releases, A Late Quartet and This Must Be The Place were set for launches at the Sunshine Theater in Manhattan’s Lower East Side which is still without electricity. Con Edison notified customers in the area today that power is estimated to return Saturday at 11PM. Magnolia Pictures will roll out Jack And Diane whose director Bradley Rust Gray lured a nice cache of talent. And Roadside takes on theatrical distribution for Barry Levinson‘s sci-fi thriller The Bay, which centers on an ecological disaster.

The Bay
Director: Barry Levinson
Writer: Michael Wallach
Cast: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christoph Denham, Michael Beasley
Distributor: Roadside Attractions, Lionsgate

Lionsgate initially picked up Barry Levinson’s sci-fi thriller The Bay after viewing a promotion reel. Oddly apropos to the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the story unfolds in a small Maryland town. “We’re positioning it as a horror movie for film lovers,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen. “Barry Levinson is loved and we’re hoping for a more sophisticated audience as opposed to the regular horror audience.”
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Hot Trailer: ‘This Must Be The Place’

By | Sunday September 2, 2012 @ 12:30pm PDT

The Weinstein Company has debuted the domestic trailer for director Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch. Penn plays a bored ex-rock star who at age 50 lives off his royalties in Dublin until family drama starts him on a quest across America. Release date … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘This Must Be The Place’

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 7:55pm PST

This Must Be The Place is one of four movies added today to the lineup at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. Sean Penn plays a retired goth rock star who sets out to find the Nazi war criminal who tormented his father in Auschwitz. The movie, which also screened … Read More »

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Sundance Film Festival Adds 4 To Lineup

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 1:40pm PST

The Sean Penn-starrer This Must Be The Place is among the four films that were added to the Sundance Film Festival slate today. The quartet bring the total number of feature films at the fest, set for January 19-29, to … Read More »

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Weinstein Company Acquires Sean Penn Drama ‘This Must Be The Place’

By | Wednesday September 21, 2011 @ 12:36pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: In the culmination of talks that go back to the Cannes Film Festival last May, The Weinstein Company acquired North American distribution rights to This Must Be the Place, the Paolo Sorrentino-directed drama that stars Sean Penn as a … Read More »

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London Film Festival Sets Program As George Clooney Global Tour Continues

Mike Fleming

The 55th BFI London Film Festival has set its slate for the 16-day festival that runs Oct. 12-27. It’s composed mostly of the high-profile films that will have made their debuts at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York film … Read More »

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