Manhattan Weekend Box Office: Roses for Ocean’s 13, Edith Piaf

Al Pacino and Danny Ocean’s crew of devilishly cool criminals took in roughly $37 M. with Ocean’s 13—about the same as 11 and 12.

The film, with its decidedly Hollywood feel—smug actors with healthy-looking tans hamming it up in beautiful locations—did decidedly well in New York City, knocking Knocked Up from its perch. Here’s hoping Soderbergh will take his haul and make make Schizopolis 2: The Crazier.

Knocked Up got knocked down a bit, but it didn’t fall far, losing only a little more than a quarter of its audience from last week to this week. Pirates of the Caribbean lost another 50 percent, but held on to the No. 3 slot in New York City, largely due to the fact that it was playing in 13 theaters, three more than either Ocean’s or Knocked Up.

But by Manhattan standards, the true winner of the weekend was La Vie en Rose, a critical darling starring Marion Coutillard and Gérard Depardieu, about the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The Picturehouse film averaged close to $30,000 on three screens. It’s an odd release for the summer, but it may be just be the palate cleanser New Yorkers need when the blockbusters start to skew even younger.

Waitress appears to have finally worn out its welcome here in the city. But so has Spider-Man 3, the only other film to have stayed in the Manhattan top ten for the last six weeks.

And there are two candidates for this week’s Straight-to-Netflix award: Surf’s Up and Hostel 2. Surf’s Up was obviously trying to capitalize on the success of Happy Feet (which was obviously trying to cash in on the success of March of the Penguins). Penguins haven’t been this popular since Opus journeyed to Antarctica to find his mother.

Hostel 2 gave Americans both another reason not to travel and another reason not to go to the movies. Perhaps this award is a bit of wishful thinking, as it did average around $17,000 per theater. But it appeared to come in way below Lions Gate’s expectations and shouldn’t stay atop our charts for too long. Watch out, Mr. Brooks! As far as Lionsgate’s business is concerned (at least according this weekend’s New York Times), they don’t care where they scare up the cash: theaters, DVDs, coasters, whatever!

Manhattan Weekend Box Office: How moviegoers in the multiplexes of middle America choose to spend their ten-spot is probably a big deal in Hollywood. But here in Manhattan, the hottest movies aren’t always the ones making the big bucks nationwide. Using Nielsen numbers for Manhattan theaters alone and comparing them to the performance of the national weekend box office can tell you a lot about our Blue State sensibilities. Or nothing at all! Each Monday afternoon, we will bring you the results.

Manhattan Weekend Box Office: Roses for Ocean’s 13, Edith Piaf