Arthouse Audit: 'Get Low' Gets Up

by Ray Subers
Get Low

August 16, 2010

In its third weekend in theaters, Get Low claimed the top gross among limited releases, interrupting The Girl Who Played with Fire's reign. Among new releases, Bollywood movie Peepli Live led the way, while Sundance winner Animal Kingdom had a tame launch.

More than doubling its theater count to 53, Get Low was up 72 percent to $376,781, ranking 19th on the overall weekend chart. The Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy had a decent $7,109 per theater average and has thus far made $826,013.

The Girl Who Played with Fire may have been knocked down a notch, but it still held well, off just 23 percent to $365,484 at 166 locations. Through its sixth weekend, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has earned $5.2 million.

Peepli Live finished in third place among limited releases, debuting to $350,054 at 64 locations. This was on the lower end for Bollywood movies this summer, trailing Kites, Raajneeti, Raavan and I Hate Luv Storys.

Sundance hit Winter's Bone continued its solid run, down 24 percent to $225,954 at 135 locations. Through its tenth weekend, the drama has racked up $4.9 million. I Am Love rounded out the Top Five, dipping 30 percent to $139,904 at 102 theaters for a total of $4.2 million.

A few other new releases found spots further down the chart. Crime drama Animal Kingdom, which won the Dramatic World Cinema Award at Sundance, opened to $61,968 at seven locations for a so-so per theater average of $8,853. Another foreign crime drama, La Soga, launched to $52,554 at 11 venues. Tales from Earthsea, directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro, made just $20,614 at five locations. The anime movie opened in most regions back in 2006 and 2007 and has amassed over $68 million overseas. Finally, Palestinian drama Salt of this Sea and documentary Neshoba: The Price of Freedom each had single-location starts and grossed $4,973 and $4,645, respectively.

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