Take Shelter tops five releases this week

MUMBAI: This week saw the release of five new films viz Take Shelter, Kenneth Lonergan‘s Margaret, Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill‘s doc Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, Sergei Loznitsa‘s acclaimed Russian drama My Joy and Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye‘s doc Benda Bilili!

And the winner is Jeff Nichols‘ Take Shelter. The Sony Pictures Classics release, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year has been winning rave reviews at festivals ever since. The film grossed $56,171 from the three screens where it was released.

Shelter is the story of a young husband and father who begins being plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions that threatens the comfortable existence he has with his loving wife. Part family drama, part psychological thriller, the film manages to succeed as an otherworldly blend of Field of Dreams and Noah‘s Ark.

After years of delay Kenneth Lonergan‘s Margaret finally hit theaters this weekend with little fanfare. The film, that stars Anna Paquin as a woman caught up in the aftermath of a bus accident, was released on 2 screens by Fox Searchlight in New York. The result was a weak $7,496 gross.

Faring even worse was Sarah Palin: You Betcha! That grossed less than what Margaret did despite releasing in six screens. The film, that was released by Freestyle - a distribution company that releases films via service deals for the filmmakers grossed $7,374.

 The other openers fared vewry poorly with Benda Bilili! grossing just $1,722 on its sole screen release and My Joy that released on only one New York screen and made a gross of $2,800.

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