Arthouse Audit: 'Get Low' Rises Higher

by Ray Subers
Get Low

August 31, 2010

After expanding in to a nearly-wide 570 theaters, Get Low easily topped all limited releases for the third straight weekend. Mao's Last Dancer also added a handful of theaters and cruised in to second, while The Girl Who Played with Fire slowed a bit but maintained a solid pace. The top new release this weekend was documentary Nick Saban: Gamechanger, while French gangster movie Mesrine: Killer Instinct also had a fine debut.

Get Low was up 130 percent to $1.64 million, making this the biggest weekend for a Sony Pictures Classics release since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus grossed $1.76 million back in January. It's per theater average of $2,878 didn't inspire much excitement, though, and it's unlikely that Get Low will see any further expansion of consequence. The Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy has earned $3.6 million through its fifth weekend.

Mao's Last Dancer more than doubled its theater count to 75 and grossed $299,691, representing a 50 percent improvement over last weekend. Including back grosses from Canada, it has made $1.19 million.

The Girl Who Played with Fire dipped 21 percent to $296,518. The second part in the Millennium trilogy has made $6.18 million through its eighth weekend and still leads predecessor The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by just under $1 million through the same point.

Nick Saban: Gamechanger opened at 26 theaters throughout the Southeast, grossing $188,786. This translates to a decent per theater average of $7,261 for the documentary focusing on the titular Alabama football head coach.

Cairo Time added 17 theaters for a total of 49, and was up 38 percent to $182,409. The Middle East-set romance starring Patricia Clarkson has made $604,738 through its fourth weekend.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct debuted to $152,873 at 28 locations, averaging $5,460 per site. The biographical epic has already made over $30 million overseas, and its sequel, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, is set to open next weekend.

Neil Marshall's period action movie Centurion opened at 12 theaters and grossed a measly $42,826. The movie, which stars Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko, has already been available for rental on Video on Demand services for a month or so. Foreign comedy Change of Plans had the best per theater average of all limited releases, debuting to $15,378 at two locations. Horror thriller Circle earned $3,926 at two theaters, while The Milk of Sorrow and Daniel & Ana each launched at a single location and earned $1,914 and $1,400, respectively.

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