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Arthouse Audit: New Specialized Openings Hit Low-Point; Subtitled 'Gloria' and 'Great Beauty' Hold Well

Thompson on Hollywood By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood February 16, 2014 at 4:44PM

This weekend looks to be one of the weakest in years for new specialized films.
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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'

"Philomena" (Weinstein), which expanded to 1,225 theaters (+721) as that companies top (if long-shot) contender this year, is now at $30.5 million. Their "August: Osage County" is now at $35.7 million, though losing theaters quickly now (it will end up short of $40 million).

"Her" (Warner Bros.) is at $23.3 million.

"12 Years a Slave" (Fox Searchlight), the best grossing of 2013's arthouse openers, is now at $48.2 million.

"Nebraska" (Paramount) is up to $15.8 million.

"Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus) has reached $23.4 million.

The not remotely specialized (but acclaimed of course) "Gravity," to put this all in context, playing in fewer theaters than most of these, grossed $1 million more this weekend, ahead of all but "Philomena," which played in more than three times as many theaters.

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