Strictly on the basis of its estimated per-screen average, Talk to Mewas the star of the weekend. As listed by Box Office Mojo, the period biopic added 79 theaters for a total of 115 and brought in $6,982 on average, earning an estimated total of $1,886,000 for distributor Focus Features. In his Cinematical review, Jeffrey M. Anderson praised the direction by Kasi Lemmons and thought that the film might "stir up some enthusiasm over its amazing performances" and that seems to be the case. The great Don Cheadle stars; he has the kind of magnetic appeal that makes him stand out and gets people talking.

Opening with a very robust estimate of $16,000 per screen in New York and Washington, DC, Charles Ferguson's Iraq war documentary No End in Sight showed that interest is still strong for independent viewpoints on the subject. Reviewing it at Sundance for Cinematical, Kim Voynar acknowledged other Iraq war docs, but felt "the difference with No End In Sight is that it takes a ruthlessly fact-finding, information-based approach, simply in finding the right people to talk to and listening to what they have to say." James Rocchi just interviewed Ferguson and it's a fascinating read. Magnolia Pictures will roll out No End in Sight to more cities in the coming weeks.

Two other new releases did fine in limited engagements; period drama Moliereand nature doc Arctic Taleaveraged north of an estimated $5,000 per screen. Expanding in their screen count, Sunshine($2,750 per screen)and Rescue Dawn($3,304 per screen) performed quite respectably. Sicko lost 267 screens and the per-screen estimate at the remaining 850 locations dropped 39.4% to $1,338, indicating a slowdown in its sixth week, along with summer favorites Waitress and Paris je t'aime(under $1,000 per screen in the 13th week of release for each). Meanwhile, La Vie en Rose and Once remain steady.