'The Master' debut is huge, on few screens
LOS ANGELES - Paul Thomas Anderson's cult drama "The Master" commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing records on just a handful of screens.
The Weinstein Co. release made $729,745 in five theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a record-setting per-screen average of $145,949, according to Sunday studio estimates. The hugely anticipated film, which just won several of the top awards at the Venice Film Festival and will open in more cities in upcoming weeks, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic cult leader and Joaquin Phoenix as his wayward protégé.
The No. 1 film at the box office was "Resident Evil: Retribution," which took in an estimated $21.1 million in its debut. This is the fifth film in the Sony Screen Gems action franchise, starring Milla Jovovich.
That topped the 3-D re-release of the Disney Pixar animated favorite "Finding Nemo," which opened in second place with $17.5 million.
22,500 properties up for auction over taxes
DETROIT - Authorities in southeastern Michigan are selling 22,500 properties whose owners failed to pay their taxes in an auction that began Friday and runs through this week.
The online auction site www.bid4assets.com is conducting the auction for Wayne County. The county's September 2011 auction sold 7,500 properties and brought in about $32 million, according to the Detroit Free Press.
County Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski said revenue expected from the auction should help the county deal with a tight budget and the responsibility of being a landlord for so many properties.
The Associated Press