In its second weekend, Catfish grossed $452,580 at 57 locations for a per-theater average of $7,940. This brings its total to $811,280, and it will likely expand further in the coming weeks.
After an impressive six-week stay atop the limited chart, Get Low was finally knocked down to second place. The Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy dipped 43 percent to $317,164 from 354 locations for a total of $8.3 million. Mao's Last Dancer added 24 theaters for a total of 122 and was up 15 percent to $273,176. Through its seventh weekend, the ballet drama has earned $3.01 million. Never Let Me Go went from four locations to 26 and earned $241,943. This translates to a solid per-theater average of $9,306, and the movie will definitely see further expansion in October. The Keira Knightley-Carey Mulligan-Andrew Garfield drama has made $438,535 through its first 12 days.
Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger grossed $160,103 at six locations for a five-day total of $211,445. Its per-theater average of $26,684 was slightly down from that of Allen's last movie Whatever Works, which actually opened in a few more theaters and went on to earn $5.3 million.
Much-hyped documentary Waiting for Superman found $139,033 at four venues for a weekend-best per-theater average of $34,758. This is also the sixth-best opening average this year, though it's just under half of what director Davis Guggenheim's high-profile documentary An Inconvenient Truth opened to four years ago. It remains to be seen whether Superman, which shines a critical light on America's public school system, can ultimately achieve similar mainstream success. Buried, which finds Ryan Reynolds as a contractor who gets buried alive in Iraq, dug up $100,268 from 11 locations. It had a decent per-theater average of $9,115, though if this falls off drastically next weekend there's an off-chance distributor Lionsgate reconsiders its plan for a wide expansion on Oct. 8.
After last weekend saw more than a dozen new limited releases, this weekend was comparably quiet. Family drama Like Dandelion Dust, which is the first feature from Blue Collar Releasing, earned a solid $77,960 from 25 venues. Howl, which stars James Franco as controversial author Allen Ginsburg, earned $51,195 from six locations. Gaspar Noé thriller Enter the Void debuted to $43,651 at three venues for a solid per-theater average of $14,550. Finally, documentary A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism made a meager $822 at two locations.