Despite the lack of sizable-grossing openers, the domestic box office continued its year-over-year streak, up approximately 15% over 2012.
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Also bowing this weekend, Lionsgate's horror pic "You're Next" grossed a meager $7.1 million in three days. Pic likely was affected adversely by coming after the summer's previous horror offerings, "The Purge" and "The Conjuring."
Like with "The Butler," which is satisfying a summer-long drought of adult-skewing dramas, Sony Pictures Classics' "Blue Jasmine" expanded to more than 1,200 screens this weekend, grossing a solid estimated $4.3 million. The Woody Allen pic has grossed so far nearly $15 million domestically.
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In limited release, Cinedigm's SXSW festival winner "Short Term 12" averaged a decent $15,034 from four locations in New York and L.A. The distrib plans to expand the film into the top 25 U.S. markets during the next few weeks.
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