Content to let "Belle" and "Chef", (with a touch of "Palo Alto" thrown in) dominate the limited release landscape this coming weekend, most indies are waiting for greener pastures later in the summer. The one opener of note is Weinstein's "The Immigrant", starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. At the helm is one of the most underrated directors in the business, James Gray, who was responsible for such films as "We Own The Night", "The Yards" and the brilliant "Little Odessa". "The Immigrant" takes place during the mass immigration period in America in the 1910's-1920's, as Cotillard plays a Polish woman who finds herself on the mean streets of Manhattan with only one way out. Jeremy Renner also stars.
The only other limited title of note is Monterey Media's, "Half Of A Yellow Sun", a romantic drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, set against the backdrop of the struggle for Nigerian independence.
The aforementioned "Belle", which enjoyed another healthy weekend at the box office with $475,000 from 45 locations for a hefty $10,500 PSA, expands to 100-150 runs. "Chef", which also had a tasty weekend with $204,000 from 6 locations and a sumptuous $34,000 PSA, expands to the top 10 markets and 50 runs.
On the Bollywood front, the oft delayed 3D motion capture historical actioner "Kochadaiiyaan", featuring Hindi film star Rajnikanth, finally has its day in the sun. It figures to be a low to mid level release here in North America. DISCLAIMER: Box Office Insider is not responsible for any misspellings in the previous two sentences.