Arthouse Audit: 'Get Low' Surges

by Ray Subers
Get Low

August 23, 2010

After nearly tripling its theater count, Get Low had no problem remaining the top draw among limited releases for the second straight weekend. Chart regulars The Girl Who Played with Fire and Winter's Bone showed no signs of fading, while Mao's Last Dancer fared decently in its debut.

Get Low added 93 theaters for a total of 146 and was up 89 percent to $713,794. This is the biggest-grossing weekend for a Sony Pictures Classics release since Chloe debuted to $900,688 back in March. While Get Low's $4,889 per theater average was relatively unremarkable, it should be enough to warrant further expansion. Through its fourth weekend, the Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy has earned $1.7 million.

The Girl Who Played with Fire rose three percent, grossing $375,805 in its seventh weekend. The second part of the Millenium series has thus far made $5.77 million and is still outpacing its predecessor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by around $1 million (though the gap is gradually closing each week).

Winter's Bone also had an excellent hold, down three percent to $218,017. The drama has tallied a solid $5.2 million since opening in June.

Mao's Last Dancer, which has already made over $15 million overseas, opened to $199,657 at 33 locations. Adding in unreported back grosses, the ballet drama has made $777,657 so far.

In its second weekend, Peepli Live ranked fifth place among limited releases, off 54 percent to $162,914. While this may seem like a steep drop, it was the lightest for a major Bollywood movie since 3 Idiots last December.

A number of other movies debuted in limited release this weekend, though none were overly impressive. The Tillman Story, a documentary about Pat Tillman, opened to $52,185 at four locations. Christian drama What If… earned $49,770 at 23 theaters. Documentary A Film Unfinished, which features extensive Nazi World War II propaganda footage, earned $34,060 at four venues for a five-day total of $47,780. Foreign comedy Soul Kitchen cooked up a decent $20,916 at two locations, while foreign drama Army of Crime rounded up a measly $8,102 at three theaters. Finally, Altiplano grossed just $1,269 at one venue.

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