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Independent Box Office: ‘Hyde Park’ Averages $20K Per Theater

Independent Box Office: 'Hyde Park' Averages $20K Per Theater

"Hyde Park on Hudson," starring Bill Murray as FDR, starts fast in 4 theaters. "Rust and Bone" building momentum

“Hyde Park on Hudson,” the drama starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his distant cousin Margaret Suckley, opened to $83,280 on four theaters.

The critics were lukewarm to “Hyde Park,” but that didn’t stop art house audiences. The movie rang up an impressive $20,820 per-screen average – the best of any film in release — according to distributor Focus Features.

Sony Pictures Classics expanded Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone,” starring Marion Cotillard, from two to four theaters and got a big bump. Its per-screen average of $13,709 was actually up from last week’s of $12,369.

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“Hitchcock’ took in $725,000 from 183 theaters in its third week, a $3,961 per-screen average. Distributor Fox Searchlight plans to expand to go national with between 500 and 550 theaters on Friday.  The film, directed by Sacha Gervasi  stars Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins.

In its eighth week, “The Sessions” added $223,000 from 197 locations and will cross the $5 million mark in domestic grosses in the next few days. The film is written and directed by Ben Lewin, and stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.