‘Sideways’ on rise

Payne pic expands; 'Enduring,' 'Voices' bow

Fox Searchlight’s “Sideways” moved upwards this week, grossing $435,731 in its second weekend from 16 screens, an expansion of 12 new playdates, giving it a strong average of $27,233 per screen.

Shingle has given the Alexander Payne-helmed pic plenty of TV blurb support, as it has for David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees.” But the latter has slowed its pace considerably as it has expanded. Now in its fifth week, “Huckabees” grossed $1.65 million from 901 bookings, a per-screen average of just $1,831. Cume on the pic has reached $8.4 million.

‘Love’ is new

Of the pics opening this week, Paramount Classics’ “Enduring Love” brought in $35,000 from its first five screens, an average of $7,000. Its holdover “The Machinist” expanded by five screens for eight total this weekend and grossed $51,000, averaging $6,375 and bringing cume to $142,000.

Also bowing this week was Magnolia’s doc “Voices of Iraq,” which didn’t find much traction in its pre-Election Day bow, counting $33,000 from 11 screens.

Among the other holdovers, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Being Julia” grossed $325,105 from 65 screens, an average of $5,002. The Annette Bening starrer now sports a cume of $813,728. Pic had expanded by 29 screens for the third week of its run.

Fine Line’s Mike Leigh-helmed “Vera Drake” pulled in $277,000 from 87 screens, averaging $3,184. In the fourth week of play, it has a cume of $767,000.

‘Motorcycle’ zooms

As for the limited pics that have expanded more aggressively, Focus’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” pulled in $1.03 million in its sixth week from 264 screens, bringing cume on the Che Guevera biopic to $9.3 million.

Distrib’s zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” released via its genre label Rogue, grossed $377,358 from 516 screens in its sixth week, boosting its cume to $12.9 million.

And Magnolia’s Christian self-help pic “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” fell to $290,000 in its fifth week. Playing on 402 screens, it averaged $721, but cumes stands at $6.6 million.

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