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We Beat The Avengers at the Box Office!

Aug 27, 2012

Ira writes:

Thanks to all of you who came out for the opening weekend of Sleepwalk with Me in New York. We set a record!

The weekend box office was $68,801 at IFC Center. We are told that no first-time American director has ever earned as high a per-screen average. At least, if you don't count animated films like Beauty and the Beast.

Previous record-holders: the comedy documentary The Aristocrats ($60,949 per screen) and The Blair Witch Project ($56,002 per screen).

Only Moonrise Kingdom and To Rome with Love have had a higher per screen averages this year.

As a joke, Avengers director Joss Whedon declared war on our film a few weeks ago. But what started as a joke has now become deadly serious. The Avengers per screen average on its opening weekend: $47,698, considerably lower than ours. Thus we have done what Loki could not. We beat The Avengers.

Of course, they were in 4,349 theaters with that average. We were in one. We would have to continue selling tickets at this rate for the next 66 years before we would earn what they earned in their very first weekend.

You can see many more of our photos from the weekend here. You can also search Twitter or Instagram for #SeeSleepwalk.

This coming weekend, we open in over twenty cities. You can buy tickets online for many of them already. Get yours now because shows are selling out! And you can still ask your local theater to book Sleepwalk with Me. Like any comedy, it's more fun to see in a theater, with a crowd.

Photos by Adrianne Mathiowetz.