Art House Box Office: “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Amour” Dominate Again

By Kirsten Anderson Box Office

"Zero Dark Thirty" spends one last week at the art house box office before opening nationally.

This could honestly be a repeat of last week’s post, with just a little numbers tweaking. Again, “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Amour” were the strengths of the specialty box office, with “Zero” doing one last tune up before going wide next weekend. Expanding from 5 to 55 theaters, the awards favorite held well, with a per screen average of $45,833. Considering it earned $65,000 per theater at five locations last week, that doesn’t even seem like a drop. It will be interesting to see how it performs nationally next week. Meanwhile, “Amour” stayed in three theaters and had another good weekend with $21,199 per screen.

The only new indie release was “56 Up,” the latest in Michael Apted’s long-running series of documentaries. That earned $20,500 at one location. We talked about the expansion of “The Impossible” and “Promised Land” in our look at the multiplex box office, and “Hyde Park on the Hudson” added locations as well so it’s up to 222 theaters. It ended up with a $4,702 per screen average.

Let’s move on to next week! Look out for “Let My People Go!” a French movie with a clash of Orthodox Jew-gay culture theme; Bollywood romantic comedy “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola”; small-time sci-fi horror movie “Storage 24″; “Quartet,” Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut; and “Struck by Lightning,” written by and starring Chris Colfer.


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