Indie Box Office: ‘Hysteria’ Buzzes to $40K in Debut

The Sony Pictures Classics period comedy clicks in limited debut as "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" expands and takes in $3.2 million

"Hysteria" built on its buzz for an impressive debut, taking in $40,829 from just five theaters over the weekend.

That's $8,166 per screen for the Sony Pictures Classics' Victorian-era tale of the invention of the vibrator. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, and Hugh Dancy star in the film.

"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" checked in with another strong weekend, and actually made it into the top ten of the domestic box office.

Fox Searchlight's tale of Brit retirees in India grossed $3.2 million from just 354 locales to claim the No. 6 spot. The film has now rung up an $8.2 million domestic total in 17 days. Maggie Smith and Judi Dench head an ensemble cast.

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"Elena," the tale of a woman who turns to devious means to support her family in a drma from Russia's Andrei Zvyagintsev, took in more than $9,393 from a single theater for Zeitgeist Films.

"Bernie," from Millennium Entertainment, expanded and pulled in $511,067 from 95 theaters. That's $5,380 per screen, giving it an overall domestic gross of $1.1 million in its fourth week.

Another of the week's openers, "Crooked Arrow," made $280,390 from 55 theaters, or $5,098 per screen. It's the story of a Native American lacrosse team making its way through a prep school league tournament.