Independent Box Office: Sexy ‘Afternoon Delight’ Scores in Debut

Jill Soloway’s Sundance comedy-drama takes in $37K in its New York and L.A. openings

“Afternoon Delight,” the sexy comedy-drama that marks the directorial debut of “Six Feet Under” producer Jill Soloway, got off to a strong start in its limited box-office debut.

It brought in $37,007 from two theaters, one in New York and another in Los Angeles, for an $18,504 per-screen average for distributor Film Arcade.

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The movie, which Soloway also wrote, won the drama directing award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The R-rated tale follows a frustrated stay-at-home mom (Kathryn Hahn), who adopts a stripper (Juno Temple) as an in-house nanny. Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch co-star.

Besides “Six Feet Under,” Soloway also produced another HBO series, “The United States of Tara.”

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Despite an aggressive second-week expansion by the Weinstein Company, director Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts action film “The Grandmaster” failed to break out. It took in $3.1 million from 870 theaters – up from seen in its debut last week – for an $862 per-screen average.

Roadside Attractions’ “In a World” brought in $419,000 from 92 theaters in its fourth week for a $4,554 per-screen average. Lake Bell‘s comedy set in the world of voice-over artists has taken in $1.2 million since opening on Aug. 9.

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