'Blood,' 'Atonement' see B.O. boosts
Focus Features’ “There Will Be Blood” struck more oil at the weekend box office as the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer moved up the chart to No. 11, grossing an estimated $3.1 million from 389 runs for an impressive cume of $8.1 million in its fourth weekend.Among new specialty films, Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” grossed an estimated $400,000 from 107 theaters for a per-screen average of $3,740. The Weinstein Co. release stars Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. TWC had originally intended to open “Cassandra’s Dream” in time for awards season but delayed it. Film’s opening number is somewhat muted, but TWC noted that the pic scored the fifth best per-screen average of the weekend among the top 20 grossing films. “Match Point,” Allen’s last drama, scored a per-screen average of $3,615 in opening to $1.8 million from 501 theaters. Glass Key’s terrorist drama “Day Zero” grossed an estimated $12,705 as it debuted in two theaters in L.A. and New York for a per-screen average of $6,352. ThinkFilm docu “Taxi to the Dark Side” grossed an estimated $12,450 as it also opened in two theaters in Gotham and L.A.; per-screen average was $6,225. But holdovers largely continued to dominate the specialty scene as Golden Globe winners enjoyed a box office boost despite the strike-truncated award announcement. Globe drama winner “Atonement,” from Focus, placed No. 10 for the three-day weekend. Film grossed an estimated $4.7 million from 1,291 runs; cume is $31.9 million. Last weekend, “There Will Be Blood,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, came in at No. 17 as it played in 129 theaters. It expanded Friday into a total of 389 theaters after Day-Lewis picked up the Globe for actor in a drama. Less accessible than “Juno” or “Atonement,” the film nonetheless has been able to establish a firm foothold with auds. This Friday, “Blood” will grow its theater count to between 700 and 850. Final numbers will be determined after Oscar noms are announced Tuesday. Fox Searchlight’s crossover hit “Juno” remained in the upper reaches of the box office chart, coming in at No. 4 heading into Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dramedy grossed an estimated $10.2 million for a decline of just 25% and a cume of $85.4 million — one of the best showings ever for a film that began as a limited release.