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Arthouse Audit: 'The Rover' and 'Signal' Open Soft; Sundancers 'Ivory Tower' and 'Hellion' OK

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2014 at 4:38PM

Fresh from Cannes, both "The Rover" and wider release "How to Train Your Dragon 2" opened this weekend. Just a year ago enterprising A24 opened "The Bling Ring," but the comparison ends there. A24's "The Rover" opened to only a fraction of the initial returns that Sofia Coppola's film received, and, despite decent reviews and previously successful directing and acting elements, the film fell well below expectations. The same company's "Obvious Child" showed some promise in its second weekend expansion, but the overall specialized market is lagging behind healthier grosses over recent months.

"Chef" (Open Road) Week 6 - $2,276,000 in 1,102 (-196); Total: $14,076,000 - PSA went up, hung on in Top 10

"Belle" (Fox Searchlight) Week 7 - $510,000 in 339 (-337); Total: $8,569,000

"Words and Pictures" (Roadside Attractions) Week 4- $399,000 in 217 (+119); Total: $1,070,000

"The Grand Seduction" (EOne) Week 3 - $276,000 in 104 (-3); Total: $1,284,000 - this Canadian film has had most of its dates at home

"Ida" (Music Box) Week 7 - $252,000 in 104 (+17); Total: $1,664,000 - this surprise Polish arthouse success continues to thrive beyond expectations

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) Week 15 - $190,000 in 149 (-36); Total: $58,103,000

"The Immigrant" (Weinstein) Week 5 - $166,000 in 140 (-5); Total: $1,700,000

"Fading Gigolo" (Millennium) Week 9 - $51,000 in 48 (-6); Total: $3,614,000

This article is related to: Box Office, Box Office, The Rover, Arthouse Audit

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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.