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Indie ‘BlackBerry’ Reaches $1.7M at North American Box Office – Deadline

Matt Johnson’s movie BlackBerry about the rise and fall of the world’s first smartphone crossed $1.7 million in its second week of release with an estimated three-day gross of $525,000 in 595 theaters.

The Canadian number – $250K from 200 theaters – was only a 13% drop from its opening weekend. In the United States, the indie crossed $1 million with an estimated $257,000 in 375 locations and really showed on Saturday, surpassing the week before in a handful of theaters in major markets, including New York, LA and Boston.

It’s being handled by IFC Films in the US and Elevation Pictures in Canada, where BlackBerry launched and grew to near-world dominance before being suddenly toppled by Apple and the touchscreen. Starring Jay Baruchel as Mike Lazaridus, who co-founded BlackBerry with his best friend Douglas Fregin, played by Johnson. It’s always sunny in PhiladelphiaGlenn Howerton is Jim Balsilie, the aggressive executive who propelled the company to its wildly successful decades-long run.

The film was shown at no. 10 at a North American box office dominated by X fast.

New specialty openings this weekend: Neon Holy place by Zachary Wigon saw $65K on five screens for a $13K PSA.

Paul Schrader’s thriller Master gardener from Magnolia Pictures grossed $269.2K on 220 screens for a PSA of $1.2K.

Oscilloscope laboratories The Garden of the Moon opened with $6.1K on one screen (IFC Center) and limited run times for Ryan Stevens Harris’ fantasy/horror tale. It moves to LA next week where all three of its 35mm screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse DTLA are sold out. It is expected to expand to other cities in the summer.

Holders – Week 2: Infinity by Emanuele Crialese, starring Penelope Cruz, earned a projected $23.1K this weekend on 20 screens for a $1.16K per screen average and $37.7K. From Music Box Films.

Sony Pictures Classics documentary about Yogi Bera, It’s not overby Sean Mullin, earned about $110K on 128 screens for a PSA of $863 and $260K.

Star Girl a feature debut from Bleecker Street’s Laurel Parmet earned about $31K in its second weekend on 27 screens, for a PSA of $1.15K and $64.3K.

Monica, from IFC Films, from Andrea Pallaoro, grossed around $40K on 92 screens for a PSA of $430 and $72K.

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