3 February 2013 10:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Four documentaries and the annual collection of the short films nominated for the Academy Awards opened this weekend to generally promising results, giving the specialty box office a nice start to February. The Mvp out of the, er, gate was Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers," which tells the story of the Israeli Shin Bet from the perspective of six former heads of Israel’s secretive internal security service. Sony Classics released the film on 3 screens and saw a very promising $66,677 gross, for a $22,226 average. That's the second best average of any film to officially debut in 2013 (just behind "Quartet"). Its total including an Oscar qualifying run is $86,015. Also debuting in a tragically timely fashion was Neil Barsky's "Koch," which coincidentally opened in two New York theaters on the same day that it subject -- former NYC mayor Ed Koch -- died. The film -- released by Zeitgeist Films -- grossed. »

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