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Arthouses Draw Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz Fans To 'Official Competition,' A Limited-Release Film

ES Staff  |  Indie Box Office

The movie was first shown in Venice. It's now in Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C., and on July 1 it will be nationwide. The president of IFC Films, Arianna Bocco, said, "We're so glad that this funny gem was a hit with American audiences."

At the North American box office this weekend, Focus Features' Brian And Charles debuted in 279 theaters to an estimated $198,000 in three-day revenue, or $711 PTA.

The Sundance Audience Award went to the funny British movie by Jim Archer about a broke inventor who makes a robot and makes friends with it. Sundance London showed the first showings of 12 films from the January festival. On July 8, Universal Pictures International will bring it to the U.K.

Lisa Bunnell, the head of domestic distribution for Focus Features, said, "The movie will continue to find its audience."

Distributors have been trying out different release patterns, balancing slower-building platform releases to build word-of-mouth with larger openings when theaters are available and they can target an audience digitally for little cost.

Virata Parvam opened in 260 theaters with $117,000, a $425 PTA, and a total of $174,00 by Sunday.

Cha Cha Real Smooth by Cooper Raiff was first shown in a small number of theaters, but Apple doesn't say how much money it made.

Poser by Oscilloscope made close to $30,000 in its third week on three screens. That's $12,000 for a PSA that only cost $4,000. Noah Dixon and Ori Segev's spoof of the indie music scene in Columbus played to full houses in Ohio, New York, and Los Angeles. The theater made the most money on a weekend during Poser's performance at Landmark Westwood. The movie will be in the top 20 markets in the next few weeks.

Lost Illusions made $16,000 in its second weekend at nine theaters for Music Box Films, notching a per-screen average of $1,776 and a total of $41,091.

A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once, the movie credited with starting a resurgence of independent and art-house films, is at No. 7 with an expected total of $65 million in week 13.