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September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The top film at the so-called specialty box office was the Spanish-language biopic Cantinflas, about Mexico’s best-loved comedian (née Mario Moreno), remembered mostly in the U.S. as David Niven’s sidekick Passepartout in the 1956 classic, Around the World in 80 Days. Its studio, Panteleon, estimated that the film earned $2.6 million over the three-day weekend and $3.1 million over the Labor Day holiday. That would amount to a solid $8,376 per theater but fall far short of the $28,818 average that last year’s Instructions Not Included, also from Panteleon, earned over the holiday. Opening in two New York City theaters, Tribeca Film’s U.K. drama Starred Up earned about $11,000 (or $5,500 per theater) to place second among films opening in limited release, followed closely by Samuel Goldwyn Films’ The Last Days of Robin Hood, which also opened in just two theaters, grossing $9,577 (or $4,788 per theater). And to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, a restored print playing in 784 theaters brought in $1.65 million over the three-day weekend.