Shame (movie)

Specialized box office: Late summer hits and misses

As the eye-popping blockbusters of summer gradually give way to the prestige pictures and awards-season hopefuls of fall and winter, there comes an annual fallow period at the multiplex. Last week saw only two new movies in wide release ("As Above, So Below" and "The November Man"), and this week there's only one ("The Identical"). Given the lull in mainstream releases, it seems an opportune time to examine some recent indie and art house offerings that could break out — in the vein of, say, "Chef" ($30.7 million) "Begin Again" ($15.7 million) and "Boyhood" ($18.9 million) — or just break down. (Numbers are...