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Specialty Box Office: ‘Unfinished Song’ Croons Atop A Ho-Hum Weekend

By | Sunday June 23, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Indie FilmsA number of specialties opened the first (official) weekend of summer, but nothing really popped. TWC‘s Unfinished Song managed reasonable numbers, opening in two locations with a $13,846 average, easily winning the numbers game in a ho-hum weekend otherwise dominated by the studios. Cohen Media Group‘s The Attack, meanwhile bowed in three theaters, grossing over $26K for an $8,784 PSA, while Magnolia‘s Danish produced A Hijacking opened 7 runs, grossing $42,500 ($6K-plus average). Samuel Goldwyn‘s wine doc Somm sipped a $4,500 average, although it was the number one documentary on the iTunes charts and fellow doc Downloaded took in $2,500 in one theater.

Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave starter Unfinished Song found some traction among audiences seeking alterna-fare on the big screen. It played the Paris Theater in NYC and the Landmark in L.A. TWC noted Sunday that the film had “the biggest jump of any other movie from Friday to Saturday,” so perhaps word-of-mouth is giving the title a boost. “The picture plays really well and is counter programming against the bubble gum fare out there now,” noted Erik Lomis about the film. Unfinished Song will continue its trek into the top markets in the weeks ahead. Read More »

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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Unfinished Song’, ‘Between Us’, ‘A Hijacking’, ‘Somm’, ‘The Attack’, ‘Downloaded’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 8:31pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Like last week, a number of Specialty offerings are seemingly undeterred to go up against some of the biggest Summer juggernauts. Narratives and features will open in limited release going up against World War Z and Monsters University. The Weinstein Company will debut its Terence Stamp/Vanessa Redgrave starrer Unfinished Song, while Monterey Media will open Between Us from Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish. Magnolia will release Danish-produced drama/thriller A Hijacking, while fellow foreign release The Attack from Cohen Media Group will also begin its run Friday. Joining the fray are two docs. Samuel Goldwyn Films is organizing wine tastings and more along with its new roll out, Somm. And Abramorama will open Downloaded featuring heavy-hitters from the music biz.

Unfinished Song
Director-writer: Paul Andrew Williams
Cast: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Barry Martin, Anne Reid
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

TWC came on board Paul Andrew Williams’ Unfinished Song while it was still completing production. The comedy/drama revolves around a grumpy pensioner who honors his recently deceased wife’s passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. “It has an older audience but it plays to a younger one if we can get them in,” noted TWC’s president of Theatrical Distribution, Erik Lomis. Read More »

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