Something noticeable happened this past weekend at the North American box office-- an arthouse film, actually two of them, performed not just strongly, but wonderfully. Jane Eyre, the latest umpteenth adaptation of the "great" novel won the prize of having the best per-screen average of any film opening in 2011, while the Christopher Walken crime drama Kill the Irishman scored the second highest theater average of the year.
Jane Eyre- $45,721 (on four screens)
Kill the Irishman- $29,086 (on five screens)
Now films like The King's Speech and Black Swan did double, triple this on first weekend, but these are great starts for upstart films. Money and movies make my head hurt...