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The best summer for ART films in years! 10 Jul 2010 20:52 #34342

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June ,July and August looks to be the strongest art market in many years. Strange as the first run market seems very soft.
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Re:The best summer for ART films in years! 10 Jul 2010 21:39 #34344

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Why don't you make a thread (similar to FT's open/closed theatre thread) where you make some recommedations? I am wanting to play some arthouse moives in the late winter, spring, and fall and hope to build that market up over the next couple of years. We are finishing a 4th screen that we expect to run arthouse movies probably 36+ weeks a year. There are no screens in our greater 75,000 population running these films. The closest theater in 30 miles away.
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Re:The best summer for ART films in years! 11 Jul 2010 20:50 #34349

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Focus Features released its Julianne Moore/Annette Bening/Mark Ruffalo starring dramedy The Kids Are All Right to the highest per screen average so far this year, $72,127 for 7 theaters (3 in NYC, and 1 location each in LA, SF, Chicago and Toronto), ahead of Ghost Writer and Cyrus. It made $143K ($20,483 per screen average) Friday, and $199K ($28,563 per screen average) Saturday for an estimated opening weekend gross of $504K. Focus said Kids' +39% increase from Friday to Saturday was driven not only by sell-out prime evening shows, but also by matinees which were also sold out in most markets. The venues were a mix of both smart house and commercial theaters, so these numbers bode well for Kids' expansion set for 11 new markets next weekend broadening to 34 engagements.

Music Box Films capitalized on the $100+M big screen success of Stieg Larsson's worldwide bestselling novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by releasing the 2nd in his crime thriller series, The Girl Who Played With Fire in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. Playing in 110 locations, it made $965K this weekend, finishing in the 11th spot of all movies this weekend, for a per screen average of $8,777. I hear all screenings sold out in LA. Music Box plans to bow The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest on October 15th. Sony Pictures is giving Larsson's trilogy the Hollywood treatment.
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Re:The best summer for ART films in years! 16 Jul 2010 22:35 #34384

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The Kids Are All Right is only at 38 locations right now, so might have to wait a while.

Any thoughts on Solitary Man? Anyone have a contact for Anchor Bay? It does come out on DVD on 9/7 though.

Winter's Bone? Was filmed near Branson and set in Missouri which might appeal to our customers.

It also seems that many theaters that seem to be successful, get dates set for movies 2-3-4 weeks out (which of course is difficult to get the studios to do). Is this a key part of the marketing of independent movies?
Last Edit: 16 Jul 2010 22:57 by rufusjack. Reason: Mike rules!
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