24 November 2012 8:39 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In what's heading to be the biggest Thanksgiving weekend ever, the two specialty films with the greatest expectations underperformed against an unusually high quality batch of studio films. Fox Searchlight opened "Hitchcock" on 17 screens Friday. The film -- which stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma -- grossed $112,092 for a $6,594 per-theater-average. That should give it a weekend gross in the $350,000-$400,000 range, giving it an average in the low $20,000s. Defintely a respectable number, but high profile specialty films like this usually manage averages of $30,000 or more easy. Last weekend, a film with even higher expectations -- David O. Russell's Oscar hopeful "Silver Linings Playbook" -- averaged $27,688 from 16 screens in an opening that should end up being very similar to what "Hitchcock" manages. Again, it was a decent number but far below what films like "The King's »

- Peter Knegt

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