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In what was overall 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 $300,799 over the weekend for a so-so $17,694 per-theater-average. 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 was something of a disappointment. Again, it was a decent number (and a much better debut than "Hitchcock") but a film with that kind of buzz surrounding it should have easily managed $30,000 or more per theater. For Thanksgiving, "Silver Linings" expanded to 367 screens (after initially being planned to go wide, The Weinstein Company slowed down the »

- Peter Knegt

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