Iron Man 3 flew past two new releases at the Spanish box office last weekend. The superhero film grossed $4.9 million, easily retaining the top spot at the box office. The new releases beat Robert Downey Jr.'s iron-suited alter ego, however, at least where per-screen average is concerned. Scary Movie 5 posted a $3,484 average across 245 screens, while The Big Wedding averaged $2,610 in 305 locations. The spring weather seems to have put a lasting damp on the Spanish box office, with all hold-overs behind Tom Cruise's Oblivion, in fourth place with a $7.2 million cume, posting per-screen averages below the $1,000 mark.
Box office results for Spain. May 3-5, 2013.
May 7, 2013 - New York, New York - One of the year's most talked about independent films since its award-winning premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, UPSTREAM COLOR is director Shane Carruth's much anticipated follow-up to his 2004 award-winning cult classic, Primer.
On the heels of a very successful theatrical run that started on April 5th, where the film played to rave reviews and is currently expanding in theaters, erbp Film's UPSTREAM COLOR will be released on cable VOD, digital and DVD/Blu-ray on May 7th through Cinedigm (NASDAQ:CIDM). Prior to the theatrical opening, the film had a strong festival run, in addition to Sundance, at the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW, and Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films series.
In UPSTREAM COLOR, a man and woman (Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz) are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
The film won the Special Jury Prize for Sound Design at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.Carruth's first film, Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize in 2004.
In an interview with IndieWire, Carruth said about the film: "I was worried that everything would descend into minutiae about the plot. Overall, I'm very pleasantly surprised that people seem to be keying into the fact that that's not the way into this film."
UPSTREAM COLOR stars Amy Siemetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig (I Love you Phillip Morris, W) and Thiago Martins. The film is written, directed, produced and edited by Carruth, who also composed the original score, and is produced by Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair and Meredith Burke.
Meitantei Conan Private Eye 2013 increased its take by 6% over its
third weekend in release to gross $4.6 million and unseat Iron Man
3 from the top spot
in the Japanese box office. Japan is the first major market to have Iron
Man 3 fall out of the top spot. Iron
Man 3 was unseated by a film that's already
been in release for three weeks and screening in nearly 200 less theaters. The
super hero film slipped down to second place in only its second weekend,
conceding the #1 spot despite only falling 13% and grossing $3.6 million.
The weekend saw six other hold-overs increase their take from the previous weekend. Shield of Straw jumped 14%, to fourth place with $2.1 million and reached an $8.8 million cume. Crayon Shin-Chan 2013 saw the biggest gain compared to its previous week's gross, increasing its take by 25% with a $1.9 million weekend and an $8.7 million cume. Even Wreck-It Ralph saw a bump in its seventh week, going up 22% and reaching a $29.6 million cume.
Box office results for Japan. May 3-5, 2013.
Iron Man 3 opened strong in Germany with an $8.9 million debut weekend. The superhero film was well above second place Scary Movie 5, which grossed $1.2 million over the weekend for a cume of $4.7 million in Germany. Oblivion tumbled 54% to fifth place in its fourth week, averaging just north of a thousand dollars per screen. Oblivion has grossed $7.6 million in Germany and the $10 million benchmark is looking less likely as the weeks pass.
Box office results for Germany. May 3-5, 2013.