25 November 2012 1:27 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In a weekend that had adult audiences flocking to theaters in numbers rarely seen apart from Christmas and New Year's weeks, core specialized theaters struggled to get their normal share of the action. Three potentially award-contending films opened, all with the kind of pedigree expected to make them stand out in the crowd. All of them did gain some traction, but none marked a successful Thanksgiving weekend opening. Last year, "The Artist" and "A Dangerous Method" both opened, with NY/La per screen averages of $50,000 and $41,000 respectively. Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" did even better at $53,000 in 2009. This year's releases didn't come close,  but not so much because of their own inherent weakness -- all three likely would have done must better in other years. The problem? Six of the top ten films overall this week have earned reviews as good or better than these new releases, all are considered major awards. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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