Prestige Pics Give Blockbusters Strong Competition at Weekend Box Office
Swedish crime trilogy 'Girl...' leads a notably solid session for foreign and art films.
Art films and awards-targeting prestige pics posted strong box-office results during the weekend.
Music Box bowed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- the last installment of the Swedish crime trilogy that's set for a 2011 American adaptation -- and rang up $751,296 from 122 domestic playdates. That represented a solid $6,158 per engagement.
Elsewhere, IFC Films debuted the French crime drama Inspector Bellamy, starring Gerard Depardieu, in two New York theaters and grossed $22,400, or an encouraging $11,200 per venue.
Welcome to the Rileys -- the drama starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo from IDP, Samuel Goldwyn and Destination -- opened with 10 playdates in New York, Los Angeles and Boston to register $45,000, or a sturdy $4,500 per engagement.
Freestyle Releasing debuted the British comedy Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, in two locations in New York and two in L.A. to collect $24,300, or a pleasing $6,079 per site.
Warner Bros. marked a notably solid session with the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Hereafter, which dropped just 47% in its second weekend of wide release after a limited bow. The $6.3 million performance was good for fifth place on the frame and a $22.2 million cume, as the Matt Damon starrer seeks to mount a leggy run on support from mostly older moviegoers.
Fox Searchlight's legal drama Conviction added 510 locations for a near-wide 565 to fetch $1.8 million in tenth place. That represented an acceptable $3,230 per site as cume for the Hilary Swank starrer climbed to $2.4 million.