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

Photo of Tom Brueggemann 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.