‘Queen’ rules again

Awards notice heats up specialty race

The specialty sector continues to chug along into awards season, with limited releases posting solid if not spectacular numbers.

Miramax Films’ “The Queen” continues to hold its head high. In its 11th week of release, Helen Mirren starrer brought in another $905,000 from 628 engagements to lift cume to some $24.5 million. Pic dropped almost 34% in what’s traditionally a slow weekend at the B.O.

Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver,” starring Penelope Cruz, also is holding well heading into kudos time. The Sony Pictures Classics film, in its sixth week of release, took in $377,253 off 44, up 14 screens this frame, for a healthy per-engagement average of $8,574. Pic has cumed $2.38 million but will not expand widely until Christmas to take advantage of awards noms.

New Line’s “Little Children,” lowered its screen count to 25 screens and added $75,000 to its take. Biz dipped just 28%; suburban drama has cumed $1.93 million.

Fox Searchlight’s bigscreen adaptation of Tony winner “The History Boys” has had a slow rollout but picked up steam over the frame, posting a solid per-engagement average of $4,220 off 50 to grab $211,000. Cume is $509,000.

Searchlight said over the weekend that it plans to relaunch political drama “The Last King of Scotland” in anticipation of more awards attention for Forest Whitaker’s perf as African dictator Idi Amin. Unit will add 400-plus runs Jan. 19.

Pic received solid notices but got off to a slow start: Cume stands at $3.5 million after 10 weeks. It’s still running in 17 locations.

Paramount Vantage’s starry ensemble drama “Babel,” screening at 373 sites, played to $457,756 over the most recent frame, bringing its cume to $17.6 million.

In new specialty releases, the Weinstein Co. launched “Days of Glory” on two screens, taking in $13,742 for a per-engagement average of $5,498.