Sunshine Cleaning Opens Big, Expands

Overture Films'”Sunshine Cleaning” earned a forecasted $216,000 between four theaters in Los Angeles and New York in its opening weekend, good for an estimated $54,000 per-theater average – the best performance of any limited or wide release thus far in 2009.

The Amy Adams and Emily Blunt-led dark comedy follows a pair of down on their luck sisters who get into the crime scene clean-up business. The numbers put the film amongst some of the most successful specialty titles in recent times.

In addition to greater expansion in the Los Angeles market, which includes Orange County and the New York City market, which includes all five boroughs, the film’s release pattern will grow to 15 markets on Friday, March 20th.

Cities represented in those markets include San Diego; Phoenix; San Francisco; Seattle; Portland; Denver; Minneapolis; Chicago; Detroit; Washington, D.C; Boston; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Dallas; and Houston. The film will then expand to a minimum of an additional 25 markets on Friday, March 27th.