ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL BEATS HANNA MONTANA AT BOX OFFICE:
April 13, 2009
Peter Knegt of www.indiewire.com reports that the U.S. debut of Sacha Gervasi’s “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” a doc following the “demigods of Canadian metal,” was the top Easter weekend newcomer at the specialty box office, according to estimates. The film – which debuted to great numbers in Canada last weekend – grossed $34,800 from 3 screens this weekend. The Abramorama release’s $11,600 was the best per-theater-average of any reporting release – even overall box office champ “Hanna Montana: The Movie.”
“Anvil!” beat out the debut of “Lymelife,” which grossed $29,000 from one more theater than “Anvil!” The Screen Media Films release, which stars Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon, averaged $7,250, which is perhaps not suggestive of much success as the film expands in the coming weeks. Though it is far and away from the meager numbers pulled in by the debut of the long delayed “Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” which managed just $34,500 from an overambitious 18 screens. The Peace Arch release – an adaptation of Michael Chabon’s celebrated novel – averaged just under $2,000 a theater.