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Directed by John Curran, the movie is based on Robyn Davidson‘s memoir chronicling her nine-month journey across the Australian desert. The movie made its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival before playing at Telluride and Toronto. (Reese Witherspoon‘s outdoor adventure Wild played this year at Toronto and Telluride.)
Wasikowska plays Davidson, while Driver plays National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who documented the journey. Tracks, distributed domestically by The Weinstein Co., was Driver’s second new film of the weekend after Shawn Levy‘s This Is Where I Leave You, which opened nationwide.
Toronto entry Hector and the Search for Happiness fared somewhat better in its L.A. and New York launch, grossing $46,000 for a location average of $11,500. Based on the best-selling book, the movie stars Simon Pegg as a quirky psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to discover the formula for true happiness. Rosamund Pike plays his girlfriend. Relativity is handling Hector domestically.
Nick Cave‘s docudrama 20,000 Days on Earth stole the spotlight in terms of nabbing the top location average of the frame. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival favorite, celebrating Cave’s 20,000th day on earth, grossed $26,873 from one theater in New York. The film, opening Wednesday, posted a five-day debut of $29,963 for distributor Drafthouse.
New documentary Pump also fared nicely, grossing $42,177 from three locations for a theater average of $14,059. From Submarine Deluxe, Pump details America’s addiction to oil and is narrated by Jason Bateman (like Driver, Bateman also stars in This Is Where I Leave You).
Art and Craft, a documentary about infamous art forger Mark Landis, also did solid business in its debut, earning $23,000 from two theaters for an average of $11,500 for Oscilloscope.
And Keep On Keepin’ On, a documentary documenting the friendship between jazz great Clark Terry and teenage jazz piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, opened in two theaters, grossing $12,195 for a location average of $6,098.
Among specialty holdovers, life was tough for Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy‘s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. The film, expanding into a total of 126 theaters in its second weekend, grossed $169,900 for a location average of $1,248 and cume of $259,590. TWC is handling Rigby domestically.
Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader‘s dramedy The Skeleton Twins had far more to celebrate as it expanded into a total of 49 theaters in its second weekend, grossing $447,500 for a location average of $9,133 for Roadside Attractions.
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