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‘Neverland’ grows up

Depp starrer draws the auds

“Finding Neverland” made its bid to become a crossover hit this weekend, widening to 513 theaters over the holiday span. Miramax’s effort netted it $6.5 million over five days, which made the pic the eighth-biggest of the weekend.

For the three-day weekend, the Johnny Depp starrer averaged $9,172 per screen; cume is $7.8 million.

On Friday, Warner Independent Pictures introduced “A Very Long Engagement,” the latest work from the “Amelie” team of helmer Jean-Pierre Jeunet and thesp Audrey Tautou. Playing on four screens in L.A. and Gotham, pic grossed $106,000, averaging $26,500 per screen.

On par with ‘Amelie’

WIP distrib chief Steven Friedlander noted that the pic is playing on par with “Amelie,” which opened with $136,470 in its first weekend on three screens. “Very Long Engagement” is a much longer movie, however, giving it fewer shows.

WIP is going to keep the pic on just those four screens through Dec. 17, when it will begin expansion.

Fox Searchlight’s “Sideways,” in its sixth frame, also expanded nationally this weekend, moving to 497 screens. For the five-day span, it grossed $3.4 million, averaging at $6,932 per screen over three days. Cume is $9.8 million.

Searchlight’s “Kinsey” took in $1.55 million over the five days from 188 screens. It averaged $6,436 over three days; cume is just shy of $2.5 million.

‘Bad’ has good week

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Bad Education” had a strong second week on its three Gotham screens. Over the three-day span, the Pedro Almodovar-helmed pic took in $146,701, averaging $48,900 per screen — almost equal to its opening weekend. Cume stands at $387,965.

Sony Classics’ “Being Julia” grossed $329,574 over the three-day frame from 206 engagements, averaging $1,600, boosting cume to $2.7 million.

Focus’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” now in its 10th week, took in $924,270 over the long holiday, averaging $3,058 per screen over the three-day span. Cume is just under $13.8 million, and distrib chief Jack Foley noted the pic should overtake “Y tu mama tambien” as the second highest grossing Spanish-lingo pic before next weekend. “Mama” took in $13.8 million during its domestic run of more than 20 weeks.

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