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PHILOMENA MAKES STRONG DEBUT AT ART HOUSES

November 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In limited release, The Weinstein Co.’s Philomena, starring Judi Dench and British comedian Steve Coogan, opened in four theaters — two in New York and two in Los Angeles — with $133,716, a solid average of $33,429 per theater. As expected, older women — over the age of 45 — accounted for nearly two-thirds of ticket buyers. TWC has said that it plans to expand the film into more than 600 theaters on Wednesday. Focus Features expanded Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, into 666 venues, where it took in $2.77 million, enough to put it on the top ten list for the first time. Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern, expanded to 28 theaters and counted $350,000 in sales. Its 10-day total now stands at $540,000. And Fox Searchlight expanded its Oscar contender 12 Years a Slave into 1,474 theaters where it brought in $2.8 million to up its eight-week total to $2.8 million. At the overseas box office, Gravity opened in China with $35.5 million, including $7.4 million from 123 IMAX screens, a record.