Arthouse Audit: 'Get Low' Goes Six Straight

by Ray Subers

September 20, 2010

Get Low managed to once again lead all limited releases despite seeing its fortunes fade. Among new releases, Catfish and Never Let Me Go led the way with solid per theater averages, while Jack Goes Boating and Leaves of Grass underwhelmed at just a handful of venues.

Down 36 percent, Get Low made $551,494, bringing its total to $7.8 million. This marked the sixth-straight weekend that the Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy has topped the specialty list. The last movie to accomplish this feat was The Visitor, which led for six straight weekends from April to May 2008.

Dabangg held the second spot for the second weekend in a row, falling 53 percent to $297,229. In ten days, the Bollywood action thriller has earned $1.07 million.

The mystery surrounding Catfish seems to have translated to a fair amount of interest on its opening weekend. The social-networking docu-thriller debuted to $257,285 at 12 locations for a per theater average of $21,440, and it should receive a substantial location bump in the coming weeks.

Mao's Last Dancer fell 30 percent to $238,007. The arthouse mainstay has thus far generated $2.6 million in revenue.

Flipped continued its middling run by dropping a rough 63 percent to $179,172. With 375 locations, this translated to an anemic $478 per theater. Since opening at the beginning of August, the Rob Reiner movie has made $1.58 million.

The Girl Who Played with Fire had its biggest drop yet, declining 27 percent to $133,941. Through its 11th weekend, the second part of the Millenium trilogy has earned $7.14 million.

Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here expanded to 120 theaters and grossed $113,333. Its poor $944 per theater average indicates further expansion is unlikely. The movie, which director Casey Affleck recently revealed was staged, has earned $259,290 through its first ten days.

Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go debuted to $111,734 at four locations for a weekend best per site average of $27,934. The Fox Searchlight drama, which features Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, has earned $156,733 since its Wednesday opening.

None of the remaining new releases were able to leave much of a mark this weekend. Phillip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut Jack Goes Boating earned $28,916 at four locations, while the long-delayed Edward Norton comedy Leaves of Grass made $20,987 at three venues. Documentary Kings of Pastry grossed $15,162 at two theaters. Milestone Films' re-release of On the Bowery gathered a respectable $13,236 at just one theater. Documentary The Other City found $10,396 at two locations. Modeling documentary Picture Me and romantic comedy The Freebie each opened at one location and grossed $6,718 and $4,309, respectively. Documentary GasLand, which already showed on HBO, earned $2,641 at a single venue for a five-day total of $9,169, while El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances also played at a lone theater and made $2,330. Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo made $2,198 at two locations, while Olive Films releases The Temptation of St. Tony and The Girl (Flickan) earned $747 and $712, respectively, each at one venue.

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