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Arthouse Audit: 'Jane Eyre' Maintains Momentum

by Ray Subers
Jane Eyre

March 21, 2011

Jane Eyre continued to build its case as a limited release hit: the movie added 24 locations for a total of 26 and improved 155 percent to $466,409. While it's average of $17,939 was way off from last weekend, it was still relatively strong and indicated that the movie has room to grow. In ten days, the Mia Wasikowska-Michael Fassbender drama has amassed $719,514 and will be expanding to at least 78 theaters this coming weekend.

While it didn't come close to Jane Eyre's opening last weekend, Win Win still made some noise in its debut. The Paul Giamatti-Amy Ryan comedy opened to $150,362 at five locations, which translated to a solid $30,072 per-theater average. That was a big improvement over writer-director Tom McCarthy's first two movies, The Station Agent and The Visitor, which ultimately finished with $5.7 million and $9.4 million, respectively. While official expansion plans aren't currently available, it's likely that distributor Fox Searchlight will at least doubles the theater count this weekend.

Among other holdovers, Of Gods and Men made $295,102 at 94 locations, an increase of 40 from last weekend. In just under a month, the French period drama has earned $1.6 million.

Further down the chart, last weekend's surprise hit Kill the Irishman more than quadrupled its theater count but fell three percent to $140,637. It's earned $332,638 in ten days and has already become distributor Anchor Bay's third highest-grossing movie ever behind City Island and Solitary Man.

Certified Copy lost less altitude than Kill the Irishman, expanding to 23 locations and improving 70 percent to $132,733. The French drama has made $245,820, and distributor IFC will likely move forward with more playdates.

There were a substantial number of new releases besides Win Win, though only one found any measure of success. After breaking the opening day record at New York's Film Forum on Wednesday, Bill Cunningham New York earned $33,677 over the weekend from that single theater. That's the second-best opening average of 2011 behind Jane Eyre, and the documentary reached a five-day total of $49,036.

The rest of the new releases all faltered to various degrees. The Music Never Stopped, starring J.K. Simmons and Lou Taylor Pucci, earned just $76,543 at 32 locations for a weak $2,392 average. Business was even worse for The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, which grossed just $23,425 at 37 locations for a meager $633 per-theater average. The movie surely fared better in China, where it opened simultaneously, though that data isn't yet available.

Winter in Wartime debuted to $14,937 at three locations, while Eva Green drama Cracks started with $9,467 at three venues. Finally, Desert Flower opened to $7,657 at three theaters.

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