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Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" was off to an incredible start this weekend, taking in $402,000 from just 4 theaters. That made for a $100,500 daily per-theater-average, giving the CBS Films-released film the second best limited debut of the year (after "Blue Jasmine") and the Coens their highest per-theater average ever (topping "No Country For Old Men"). That certainly bodes well for the film as it starts expanding on December 20th and can't hurt the film's awards season hopes. In its second weekend Justin Chadwick's biopic of the late Nelson Mandela "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" dropped just 8% as it remained static in 4 theaters. Taking in $77,652, The Weinstein Company release averaged $19,413 and took its total to $183,369 after 10 days. The Weinsteins also got good numbers from their three week old "Philomena."  Holding steady in 835 theaters, the film -- which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the real life story »

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