'Breakfast' bows to hungry auds
“Pride & Prejudice” was the dashing hero in limited release for the second week in a row, once again nabbing the No. 10 spot despite playing on just 221 screens.Jane Austen adaptation showed strong legs as it made $2.1 million, down just 27% from a week ago. Cume stands at $6 million. Per-screen average was the second highest in the top 10 after the new “Harry Potter” film at $9,555. Pic should be well positioned as Focus takes it wide Wednesday. In the week’s only significant limited bow, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Breakfast on Pluto” made $34,874 on three screens in New York for a per play average of $11,625. Since its Wednesday opening, Neil Jordan helmed-pic has cumed $45,019. Warner Independent’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” just missed the top 10 for the second week in a row as it had its final expansion to 803 screens, up 135 from last week. Pic made $1.7 million, down 32% in its seventh frame. Average on the historical drama was $2,111; cume is $16.9 million. As its screen count more than doubled from seven to 18, Roadside’s comedy pic “Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic” upped its gross slightly to $133,200. Average was $7,400; cume is $309,664. It’s skedded to grow again to some 50 screens for Thanksgiving. “Bee Season” did little buzzing in its second week, as it made just $230,000 on 138 screens for an average of $1,667. Cume is $390,803. Despite the weak showing, Fox Searchlight is hoping to boost the film’s takings as it expands to more than 300 screens for the Thanksgiving holiday. In its fifth frame, Disney’s “Shopgirl” declined 43% to just over $1 million on 413 screens, down 80 from last week. Steve Martin starrer has cumed $7.7 million. WIP’s “Paradise Now” made $120,000 as it grew by 20 plays to 65 and saw its gross decline 16%. Per play take was just $1,846. Cume is $529,000. Picturehouse’s “Ushpizin” made 86,999 in its fifth week, down 19% from last weekend. Average was $2,719 on 32 screens. Israeli import, which has a cume of $610,301, will expand by 20 plays on Wednesday.
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