26 August 2012 9:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was an unexpectedly potent late-summer weekend at the specialty box office, with two openers -- "Sleepwalk With Me" and "Samsara" -- scoring among the best limited debuts of the year and anti-Obama doc "2016: Obama's America" soaring into the overall top 10 to become the highest-grossing conservative documentary ever. "Sleepwalk With Me" -- directed by Mike Birbiglia and released by IFC Films -- broke some records of its own. At New York's IFC Center (and helped by personal appearances by Ira Glass -- who co-wrote the film -- at nearly every Q&A), it broke the IFC Center's house record and attained the third best per-theater average of the year so far, behind arthouse sensations "Moonrise Kingdom" and "To Rome With Love." Oscilloscope-released "Samsara" had many reasons to celebrate as well. The Ron Fricke- and Mark Magidson-directed documentary -- which is a non-verbal continuation of »


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