Arthouse Audit: 'N-Secure' Insecure But Leads, 'Boy' Goes 'Nowhere'
by Ray Subers
October 18, 2010
While it was comparatively unheralded prior to release, N-Secure managed to easily top all limited releases in its debut weekend. Waiting for "Superman" had another solid showing, and John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy expanded its way up the chart. Tea Party documentary I Want Your Money was unable to grab much cash from audiences, while Clint Eastwood's Hereafter had a strong limited .
N-Secure opened to $1.17 million at 486 locations, which was good for 14th place on the overall weekend chart. The drama had a poor $2,400 per-theater average. This was a recent pick-up for Freestyle Releasing, and it yielded the distributor's biggest opening since The Collector from last July.
Waiting for "Superman" nearly doubled its theater count to 182 and was up 16 percent to $742,725. This was the documentary's largest weekend yet, though its per-theater average of $4,081 was a step down from past sessions. Through its fourth weekend, "Superman" has earned $2.52 million.
Nowhere Boy expanded from four locations last weekend to 215 this weekend and grossed $340,792. Its tiny $1,585 per-theater average made further expansion seem unlikely. In ten days, the drama has made $412,155.
Never Let Me Go dipped five percent to $327,083, despite adding 64 locations for a total of 232. Since opening last month, the Keira Knightley-Carey Mulligan-Andrew Garfield drama has drawn $1.66 million.
Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger was up two percent to $275,967 at 118 theaters (up from 74 last weekend). With a $1.27 million total, it has passed Cassandra's Dream but still lags way behind all of Allen's other recent movies.
In addition to N-Secure, Freestyle had a big loss with I Want Your Money, which debuted to just $249,428 at 537 locations for a miserable per-theater average of $464.
Supernatural drama Hereafter made almost as much as I Want Your Money, despite opening at just six locations. Starring Matt Damon, the movie earned $220,322 for a weekend-best per-theater average of $36,720. This was also the sixth-best opening average in 2010 behind The Kids Are All Right, The Ghost Writer, Cyrus, The Secret of Kells and Greenberg. Compared to recent Eastwood movies with a similar release pattern, Hereafter was weaker than Gran Torino but ahead of Letters from Iwo Jima and Million Dollar Baby (though it's about on par with Baby when adjusted for ticket-price inflation). Hereafter is set to expand in to over 2,200 theaters on Friday.
A handful of other new movies opened as well, including Hilary Swank drama Conviction. The true story garnered a cool $102,351 at 11 venues for a per-theater average of $9,305, and distributor Fox Searchlight currently does not have a nationwide expansion scheduled. Much further down the chart, foreign crime saga Carlos managed to overcome its five-hour length to earn $20,006 at two locations. Foreign drama Vision debuted to $11,406 at one theater, while foreign animated movie The Trouble with Terkel opened to $3,972 at two theaters. Comedy Down Terrace disappointed with $3,088 at two venues, while Carmo, Hit the Road earned just $835 at one location.
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