By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2013 at 6:15PM
What comes next: This won't be a long run theatrical film, but it should have considerable ancillary appeal.
"Besharam" (Reliance Big) - No Criticwire or Metacritic scores
$389,000 in 217 theaters; PSA: $1,793
Starring Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor as an auto mechanic who steals cars to support an orphanage, this comedy opened as usual in the U.S. around the same time as India, the Gulf States, the U.K. and other markets, for a representative if not stand out response.
What comes next: This looks like it will fall short of some the actor's past films in the U.S.
"Parkland" (Exclusive Media) - Criticwire: 52; Metacritic: 52; Festivals include: Venice 2013, Toronto 2013
$335,000 in 257 theaters; PSA: $1,304
This retelling of the JFK assassination told from the point of view of those working to save him at Dallas' Parkland Hospital debuted to mixed response at Venice and Toronto. With an ensemble cast full of well-known actors (among them Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton) and a docudrama feel trying to retell a well-known tale, it is the feature directing debut of journalist Peter Landesman. The somewhat similar "Bobby" in 2006 was an early Weinstein Company film, released with a lot of awards anticipation (unrealized) but OK business ($11 million ultimately, though disappointing considering how wide it went). This is nothing close, and looks like it doesn't have a lot of additional potential.
What comes next: Not likely to expand much further, with a quick playoff now likely.
The best of the rest included "A.C.O.D." (The Film Arcade), another Sundance-premiered film, got great theater placement in New York and Los Angeles, but this comedy about the delayed impact of divorce on adult children only managed $20,000 combined, below par for the locations. Mixed reviews likely played a role. Zeitgeist's "Let the Fire Burn" (Zeitgeist), a documentary about the 1985 police attack on a black activist group's Philadelphia headquarters took in $7,700 in 5 days ($5,400 for the weekend) at New York's Film Forum.
Other openers that reported grosses all had PSAs of under $5,000. Radius/Weinstein's "Concussion" (also from Sundance), about a lesbian wife who deals with her midlife crisis by working in a high-class brothel for female clients, took in $8,200 in 2 theaters to buttress its Video on Demand play. Two Anchor Bay films -- "Nothing Left to Fear" and "All Is Bright," the latter also on VOD -- had PSAs of $1,500 or less in limited release.
Among the second-week more limited release films, Picturehouse's "Metallica - Through the Never" did $683,000 in 589 theaters (+284), which after its first-week IMAX push still dropped 57% despite its expansion. Its total now is $2,724,000. Radius/Weinstein's doc "Inequality for All" did $136,000 in 41 (+13) for an OK PSA of $3,317. EOne's "We Are What We Are" managed only $7,700 in 8 theaters (+6).
Only five other longer running films managed grosses above $50,000. "Blue Jasmine" (Sony Pictures Classics) is down on theaters (289 left) but still added another $454,000 to reach $31.4 million. The same company's Saudi Arabian drama "Wadjda" more than doubled to 44 theaters (+28) for $125,971 (PSA $2,863), steady but continuing its modest performance. Their third female-centric release "Austenland" on 65 (-42) grossed $66,938 to reach $1,846,000.
These were joined by Roadside Attractions "In a World" did another $62,700 in its 9th weekend, getting to $2.7 million. A24's "The Spectacular Now" in its 10th weekend eked out another $50,000 to get to $6,750,000.