‘Sicko’ gets healthy push

Moore's documentary brings in $15.8 million

The doctor has given Michael Moore’s docu “Sicko” a good bill of health.

Expanding to 756 theaters over the weekend, the Weinstein Co. film made an estimated $2.6 million in its third frame for a total of $15.8 million. That’s only a 26% drop from the previous weekend for a per-screen average of $3,505.

“Sicko,” a searing indictment of the U.S. healthcare system, stands a strong shot of becoming Moore’s highest-grossing film after “Fahrenheit 9/11,” whose topic was much broader in appeal.

The Weinstein Co. has been careful to compare “Sicko” to Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” instead of “Fahrenheit,” the highest-grossing docu of all time.

“Sicko” is already outpacing “Columbine” — which grossed $21.5 million domestically — at the same point in the film’s run. Last year, “An Inconvenient Truth” made $24.1 million domestically.

“Sicko,” distributed by Lionsgate, is one of a handful of niche films performing solidly at the summer box office.

Making its debut over the weekend, Focus Features’ Don Cheadle starrer “Talk to Me” saw a healthy per-screen average of $11,841. Film, which took in an estimated $390,754 from 33 locations, came in at No. 19. Focus expands its run this coming weekend.

Sony Pictures Classics bowed “Inteview” in six theaters at an estimated $41,620, or per-screen average of $6,937.

MGM’s “Rescue Dawn,” directed by Werner Herzog and toplining Christian Bale, came in No. 20 in its second frame, grossing an estimated $357,089 in 38 theaters for a new total of $585,994. Per-screen average was $9,397.

Taking the No. 15 slot was IFC Films’ “You Kill Me.” The Ben Kingsley starrer made an estimated $620,288 from 248 locations for a new cume of $1.5 million. Per-screen average was $2,501.

IFC Films enjoyed the highest per-screen average of the weekend with new entry “My Best Friend.” French pic made $46,525 from three theaters, or $15,508 per screen.

In its second frame, Warner Independent Pictures’ “Introducing the Dwights” made $91,000 from 35 theaters for a per-screen average of $2,600 and a new cume of $144,870.

Holdover “La Vie en Rose” still kept its aud, bagging $545,693 from 174 locations for a new cume of $6.9 million. Likewise for Fox Searchlight’s “Once,” which made $325,000 from 116 locations for a new cume of $5 million.

Focus’ female drama “Evening” ponied up another $1.1 million from 760 locations for a new cume of $10.7 million, or $1,519 per screen. Pic placed No. 14.

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