‘The Art of Getting By’ opening disappoints

Los Angeles Times staff writer

“The Art of Getting By,” about a high school slacker more interested in a girl than in his homework, barely lived up to its name this weekend at the box office.

The film, which stars young actors Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, had what even distributor Fox Searchlight acknowledged was a “disappointing” opening. According to a studio estimate, the movie collected only $700,000 from 610 theaters for a dismal per-theater average of $1,148.

“The Art of Getting By” — previously titled “Homework” when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January — did worse than two other independent movies that opened this weekend and also played at the Utah event.

For the record: An article about “The Art of Getting By” in Monday’s Calendar credited Mark Schafer as the photographer of the accompanying photo. In fact, Raymond Haddad is the photographer.

“Page One: Inside the New York Times” took in $33,000. The film, starring journalists David Carr and Brian Stelter, had a solid per-theater average of $16,500 from two New York locations.


Meanwhile, the documentary “Buck,” about the man who inspired the feature film “The Horse Whisperer,” grossed $64,400. The movie about a horse trainer played in four theaters, where its average was similar to that of “Page One,” with $16,100.