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This is not looking like a strong holiday season for the specialty players. On this mid-December weekend just one new specialty opener is even reporting grosses (Music Box's "Any Day Now"). That's because the pre-Christmas time frame isn't the preferred opening choice for major limited releases -- "Carnage" was the only one last year, "Rabbit Hole" in 2010. The other new films-- including Lionsgate's one-week awards qualifying run of "Stand Up Guys"-- aren't reporting numbers, while IFC's "Save the Date" (out of Sundance) and Mpi's "Yelling to the Sky" (from Berlin) went straight to Video on Demand, indicating very limited theatrical play. While several films are performing adequately in various stages of expansion and wider playoff, the lay of the land for core art houses this holiday season is not as strong as last year. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was a far stronger »

- Tom Brueggemann

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