By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood December 2, 2012 at 3:47PM
"Rust and Bone" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Week 2
$25,800 in 2 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $12,600; Cumulative: $66,100
Down only 5% from its disappointing first weekend, this Marion Cotillard-starring French romantic drama is showing some signs of life. Like all other limited films, this so far NY-only booking is doing its best to find ticket buyers at a hugely competitive time.
What comes next: LA opening soon, and then the rest of the country later as Cotillard's hoped-for best actress nomination comes along.
"Central Park West" (IFC) - Week 2
$30,000 in 5 theaters; PSA: $6,000; Cumulative: $60,000
LA was added to NY this week with average results for this acclaimed documentary (co-directed by Ken Burns) about a group of minority kids and how mass-hysteria led to their convictions for a heinous assault.
What comes next: As with other docs, awaiting possible awards attention.
"Silver Linings Playbook" (Weinstein) - Week 3
$3,341,000 in 371 theaters (+4); PSA: $9,005; Cumulative: $10,991,000
Barely missing the Top Ten (it still might make it when final figures are in), this showed the smallest fall (by far) of any of the Oscar contenders with higher grosses (all in many more theaters). This shows that Weinstein's slow rollout for this is working, with the bonus of making the top ten while still in limited release.
Last year in its third week in 203 more theaters, "The Descendants" grossed $4.8 million with a PSA of $8,344. While keeping in mind that more theaters usually decreases PSA, that "Silver Linings" is now ahead of Alexander Payne's film's average at this point means it is quickly catching up in overall performance.
What comes next: This still won't reach its maximum break for some time, but this is now firmly set to stay in place through the holidays and be positioned to hit its peak just as awards announcements hit their maximum after New Year's. Weinstein is playing a long game here, which makes sense, particularly since the remaining weeks before Christmas involve more competition and fewer people going out to the movies.
"Anna Karenina" (Focus) - Week 3
$2,230,000 in 384 theaters (+318); PSA: $5,807; Cumulative: $784,000
Edging ahead of "SLP" in theater totals, this reached about two-thirds as good a performance, making it a reasonable specialized player at this point. It is also a bit less than two-thirds of what "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" achieved in its third week with a similar total. That makes this promising so far - "SLP" is going to get significantly bigger, as "Hotel" got up to $45 million.
What lies ahead is trickier. Focus has two more films to launch in coming weeks ("Hyde Park on the Hudson" and "Promised Land") to complicate things, apart from the crush of current and upcoming releases crowding theaters. This was a problem that "Hotel" never faced (it went over 1,000 theaters its fourth week).
These are just decent numbers, which means that they have found their initial core audience, which under the circumstances (without unanimously stellar reviews) is an achievement.
What comes next: The tricky part, keeping this going to capitalize on real interest so far. But at a minimum this performance keeps Keira Knightley in the mix for best actress.
"Chasing Ice" (Submarine Deluxe) - Week 4
$94,300 in 30 theaters (+13); PSA: $3,143; Cumulative: $349,000
Expanding quickly for a documentary, this visually strong presentation of climate-changing reshaping icebergs continues it successful run. Though not great numbers, it is reaching an audience at the right time as year end awards line up.
What comes next: Like many other worthy doc contenders, this awaits the release of the list of the 15 semi-final Oscar contenders in the next few days. If it makes it, its presence in the market right now will help its chances.
Ongoing (weekend gross and cumulative)
"The Sessions" (Fox Searchlight) - $328,000/$4,577,000
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Lionsgate) - $200,000/$16,629,000
"A Late Quartet" (EOne) - $86,500/$872,000
"The Other Son" (Cohen) - $59,100/$881,000
"Searching for Sugar Man" (Sony Pictures Classics) - $47,900/$2,838,000
"Holy Motors" (Indomina) - $35,800/$334,000
"Samsara" (Oscilloscope) - $25,000 - $2,525,000
A large number of new releases, some also showing on Video on Demandl, didn't report grosses, including "Addicted to Fame," "Young and Wild" (from Sundance this year), "Dragon" (the latest Radius/Weinstein release), "California Solo" (also from Sundance) among others. The grosses for "A Royal Affair" also are again being delayed until tomorrow, despite being considered a significant contender for the Foreign Language Oscar.