2 December 2012 12:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Yet another initially successful NY opening of a doc about a performer ("Beware of Mr. Baker") competes with important expansions of several major awards contenders across the country. "Silver Linings Playbook" kept at about the same level of theaters as last week, and held quite well. While both "Hitchcock" and "Anna Karenina" took many more theaters, performing at a solid specialty level, neither has as optimistic prospects as "Silver Linings Playbook." Meantime, although they aren't playing in specialized theaters for the most part, three new other releases, all aimed at specific groups, opened this week. The Indian film "Talaash" (Reliance Big) grossed nearly $2 million in 172 theaters - even biger than "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" two weeks ago (good enough for 8th place its week). China Lion's "Back to 1942" (whose cast includes Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins) did $100,000 in 20, and »


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