Arthouse Audit: '127 Hours' Holds off 'Blue Valentine'
Blue Valentine had a solid opening, though it wasn't enough to bump arthouse mainstay 127 Hours from the top of the limited chart. I Love You, Phillip Morris and Rabbit Hole continued to underwhelm, while Somewhere maintained a decent pace and Mike Leigh had one of his better starts with Another Year.

With Black Swan and The King's Speech playing in nationwide release, 127 Hours had no problem leading limited releases with $284,373 at 103 locations. Its $2,761 per-theater average was its best since the first week of December, though this is more likely attributable to the seasonal bump than the movie's awards buzz. In two months, the Danny Boyle-directed drama has scored $10.4 million.

I Love You, Phillip Morris added $196,643 at 68 theaters for a total of $1.1 million. While it's still technically slated for a nationwide expansion this weekend, its middling $2,892 per-theater average wasn't encouraging. However, it would be surprising if distributor Roadside Attractions didn't at least add a substantial number of theaters to coincide with star Jim Carrey's Saturday Night Live hosting gig on Jan. 8.

Blue Valentine's $193,728 opening was good for 25th place on the overall chart and first among all new limited releases. The drama had a strong average of $48,432 at four theaters, which should bode well for The Weinstein Company's plans to expand the movie in to the Top Ten markets this weekend. In five days, Blue Valentine has earned $291,607.

Rabbit Hole grossed a weak $142,100 at 34 locations for a total of $435,229. Sofia Coppola's Somewhere managed almost as much at eight venues, making $138,416 for a 12-day total of $432,836.

Another Year opened to $111,869 at six theaters for a five-day total of $164,654. This was similar to writer-director Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and an improvement over Vera Drake and All or Nothing.

The Strange Case of Angelica and The Red Chapel also debuted Wednesday and made $10,433 and $3,539, respectively, at one location each.

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