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'Clayton,' 'Wild,' 'Darjeeling,' 'Lust' score big b.o. $$$

October 7, 2007 | 11:34 am


This may be the worst October since 1999 for box-office ka-ching, but Oscar contenders "Michael Clayton," "Into the Wild," "Darjeeling Limited" and "Lust, Caution" are doing ace biz.

Variety reports: "In limited release, Warner Bros.' 'Michael Clayton' had what studio said was the best platform bow of the year, grossing a boffo $704,000 at 15 theaters. George Clooney starrer averaged $46,903 and looks well positioned to go wide next weekend.

"Paramount Vantage's 'Into the Wild' played at 135 locations, up from 33 last weekend, and grossed $1.3 million, giving it a per play take of $9,592. Sean Penn-directed adaptation of the bestselling book has cumed $2.5 million.

"Fox Searchlight expanded 'The Darjeeling Limited' from two to 19 play dates and grossed a strong $552,876. Wes Anderson-helmed comedy averaged $29,100 per theater and upped its cume to $781,494.

"Focus grew Ang Lee’s 'Lust, Caution' from one to 17 runs and grossed a solid $368,831, averaging $21,696 per play. Cume is $477,181." READ MORE

(Photo: Warner Bros.)