Independent Box Office: ‘The Sessions’ Stays Strong in 2nd Week

Fox Searchlight's surrogate sex tale "The Sessions" expands to 20 theaters and manages an $11.500 per-screen average

Fox Searchlight's surrogate sex tale "The Sessions" maintained a strong $11,500 per-screen average in its second week of release.

The awards hopeful brought in $230,000 from 20 theaters to raise its overall gross to $390,000, a week after opening to $120,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

"This is a little better than we expected and we are very encouraged by the overall numbers," Frank Rodriguez, senior vice-president of distribution for Fox Searchlight, said. "We will open 13 new markets on Nov. 2 while expanding in the already opened markets. Word of mouth is starting to build and we are obviously hearing a lot of buzz in regards to the performances of John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy."

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Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" took in $1.4 million after Summit dropped it from 745 to 736 screens. That's a $1,902 per-screen average and raised the overall gross to $11.2 million after six weeks. The teen coming-of-age tale stars Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.

The Weinstein Company's "The Master' brought in $269,000 after dropping from 412 to 201 theaters in its seventh week. That's a $1,338 per-screen average and raises its overall gross to $15.2 million.

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The Richard Gere financial drama "Arbitrage" dropped from 167 to 125 locations and took in $176,000 to raise its overall gross to $7.3 million for Roadside Attractions. Susan Sarandon co-stars.

Millennium's steamy drama "The Paperboy" took in $102,106 from 76 screens, a $1,344 per-screen average, to raise its overall gross to $551,000. Lee Daniels directs Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman in the film.