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Even on a holiday weekend, the holdover specialized films--especially "Sleepwalk with Me"-- continued to prosper as the new ones opened badly . They boasted the lowest opening per-screen averages since the low-performing post-Christmas period. The three best new openers earned significant reaction at their Sundance premieres, but so far have failed to achieve the same level of ticket-buyer response. The big story though is the second week of Mike Birbiglia's huge NY-opener "Sleepwalk With Me." A quick expansion yielded decent results even as it became available on Video on Demand, certain to be studied by the industry as a possible model. Because of the four-day holiday, several films ( including "Compliance,"  "The Queen of Versailles," "Compliance" and "The Imposter") have not yet reported grosses. Opening "For a Good Time, Call..."  (Focus) - Metacritic score: 58; Festivals »


- Tom Brueggemann

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