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Weekend B.O. Oct. 12-14 ('Nowhere' Opens To Biggest Per Screen Average This Weekend)

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by Sergio
October 14, 2012 12:38 PM
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Middle of Nowhere

To start off with some good news, Ava DuVernay's Middle Of Nowhere opened to the biggest per screen average of any film currently in release.  But we'll get to that in just a moment.

First of all, Taken 2 once again made the top spot on this weekend's B.O. list, with Ben Affleck's Iranian hostage thriller Argo coming in a close 2nd. 

However the horror film Sinister, which came in at No.3, actually beat both Taken and Argo on Friday, leading some to guess that it might be a surprise come-of-out-nowhere winner this weekend. However, its third place $18 million finish is a solid result.

But getting back to Middle of Nowhere. The film, in its intial limited 6-screen opening, pulled in roughly $78,000, averaging $13,000 per screen, giving it the biggest per-screen total for any film currently in theaters; even making twice the per screen figures of both Taken and Argo.

That's excellent news! And with the extraordinary positive word of mouth, and great reviews it's been getting, such as the N.Y. Times' rave this past Friday (HERE), it looks like things are going to go well indeed for the continued box office success of the film.

Here's this week's list

1) Taken 2 Fox $22,500,000 Total: $86,759,000
2) Argo WB $20,120,000
3) Sinister Sum. $18,250,000
4) Hotel Transylvania Sony $17,300,000 Total: $102,193,000
5) Here Comes the Boom Sony $12,000,000
6) Pitch Perfect Uni. $9,336,000 Total: $36,085,000
7) Frankenweenie BV $7,014,000 Total: $22,035,000
8) Looper TriS $6,300,000 Total: $51,442,000
9) Seven Psychopaths CBS $4,275,000
10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower Sum. $2,166,000 Total: $6,151,000
11) Atlas Shrugged: Part II ADC $1,708,000
12) End of Watch ORF $1,703,000 Total: $36,375,000
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  • tmack | October 20, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    I read Ebert's recent review of the film and put it on my must-see list. However, this film is not likely to make it to my city unless the lone arthouse puts it on its schedule. I'm hoping Ava will make a deal with iTunes or Amazon to stream it (and price it) as a same-day theater release. Many films have done well and broadened their audience by doing so -- for example, Arbitrage--even Melancholia--had successful releases by opening simultaneously VOD and in theaters.

  • kirk | October 15, 2012 12:07 AMReply

    Dang right Priss! I gotta go back and up the stakes on my script. Ava set the damn bar sky high!

  • Yoshi | October 14, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    This film really deserves all the success it garners. The film knocked the ball out of the park in almost every aspect to me. The photography, the acting, the photography, the music (oh the music!), the dialogue, the characters, and did I mention the photography. I just couldn't stop being in awe of the use of lights and color. It was just absolutely beautiful. I hope there are more collaborations between Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young. The ending was the only thing that left me wanting more at least with Ruby, Rosie, and their mother. I don't know what will happen with the Oscars but the NAACP Image Awards and the Black Reel Awards ought to give this film the awards it deserves.

  • sergio | October 15, 2012 12:27 AM

    You bring up an interesting point. Will it be recognized by the Image Awards? I've got a feeling that it might be totally ignored. This film is certainly not their cup of tea. They like big name movie stars and Tyler Perry. A film like Nowhere is not on their radar. I hope I'm totally wrong about this, but we'll see. They might finally wake up

  • April | October 14, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    This IS great news!! Saw it Friday night and it was fantastic! Congrats to Ava, her phenomenal cast and hardworking crew!! 👍

  • ALM | October 14, 2012 6:07 PMReply

    "Middle of Nowhere" was great. The ending was different from what I expected. Excellent acting and good writing. I hope the movie expands widely.

  • PRISS | October 14, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    A huge accomplishment for a filmmaker of any stripe and for AFFiRM, especially as a small distributor. The film is pretty gotdamn extraordinary. I was floored to be honest. It was much more than what I expected and everything I've been wanting somehow. Kudos to this sista and everyone involved from the depths.

  • Richard | October 14, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    Great film loved the story, photography and especially the acting. What a treat.

  • Milton | October 14, 2012 1:13 PMReply

    This is great news. I had the privilege to see Ava speak at Spelman and I was greatly impressed. I didn't see it this weekend, but I do plan to see the movie.

  • Happy news | October 14, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    Good news for Middle of Nowhere. So many excellent reviews and many people pushing for the success of this film. I found out about it from the Awards Daily website. Sasha Stone keeps writing a new article every 2 days to promote it for an Oscar nomination. Wonderful to see a deserving film making it. Can't wait to see it.

  • Justin W | October 14, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    I wish I can see it out in Orlando........

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