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Focus Features can take a lot of pride in the robust opening of “Pride and Prejudice,” which landed in 10th place despite bowing on just 215 screens.Jane Austen adaptation made $2.8 million, for a per-screen average of $13,043. It’s the biggest opening for a pic playing between 150 and 275 screens since “Terms of Endearment,” according to Focus. “It speaks to the confidence exhibitors can have that this movie can succeed as counterprogramming against everything,” Focus distrib chief Jack Foley said. Indie is planning to take the pic wide to between 1,200 and 1,500 screens over the Thanksgiving frame. Biggest per-screen average went to Roadside’s bow of Sarah Silverman comedy docu “Jesus Is Magic.” It made $127,750 on seven screens for an average of $18,250. “We really benefited from a publicity barrage,” said Roadside co-prexy Howard Cohen, citing profiles of Silverman in Rolling Stone and the New Yorker, along with numerous TV appearances. Pic likely will expand to more than 50 screens in the top 20 markets on Thanksgiving weekend. Fox Searchlight’s “Bee Season” had a more modest bow, bringing $6,039 each on 21 screens for an opening weekend of $126,811. Still holding up strong is Warner Independent’s “Good Night, and Good Luck,” which landed just out of the top 10. Pic made $2.6 million on 668 screens, off only 14%, for a $3,960 average. Cume is $14.6 million. Disney’s “Shopgirl” drew $1.8 million on 493 screens for an average of $3,701. Take was off 27%. As Steve Martin-penned drama moves into what could be its final expansion to more than 600 screens, cume stands at $6.1 million. Sony Classics’ “Capote” stayed strong in its seventh week, bringing in $1.3 million from 264 plays for an average of $5,039. That’s up 18% from its take a week ago on 183 screens. Cume has reached $6.7 million. WB’s Shane Black-helmed actioner “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” more than doubled its screen count and weekend gross to 169 and $830,000, respectively. Per-play take was $4,911. Total take is $2.15 million. Samuel Goldwyn/Sony’s divorce drama “The Squid and the Whale” expanded by eight screens to 90 and upped its take to $432,000, or a $4,800 average. Cume is $2.4 million. Warner Independent’s suicide bomber drama “Paradise Now” made $142,000 in its third week, up 42% as the number of plays doubled to 45. Per-screen average was $3,156. Next week it expands to 75 theaters. Pic has made $360,000. Picturehouse’s Israeli import “Ushpizin” drew an average of $3,696 on 31 screens for a total of $114,582. That’s up barely from $105,017 a week ago on 23 screens. Cume is $500,759.
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