It was a good weekend to be a wallflower. Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his beloved teen novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower opened on four screens to $244,000 with a $61,000 average per theater. It had this year’s fifth best limited debut so far. Indiewire reports that 70 percent of the film’s weekend audience was female, and 60 percent were under 25.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master continued its strong box office performance this weekend, with a significant expansion to 788 screens. It made $5 million, putting it at number seven overall. It also boasted the highest per-theater average of the top 10 ($6,000).
Moving to the overall box office numbers, the top spot is estimated to be a tie between the horror flick House at the End of the Street and the police drama End of Watch, both of which made an estimated $13 million each, according to ComingSoon. Third place went to Clint Eastwood’s baseball film Trouble with the Curve at $12.7 million.
It’s interesting, notes ComingSoon, that both House at the End of the Street and End of Watch were originally independent, small-budget projects which later found distribution.
This weekend’s box office earnings were 28 percent lower than the same weekend in 2011.