Fox Searchlight: Covering all the bases
2006 boxoffice: $162.7 millionThe indie subsidiary that other companies appear to want to emulate certainly proved itself worthy of imitation again. Fox Searchlight was on top of its game with two high-profile acquisitions: The satiric "Thank You for Smoking" grossed nearly $25 million, and the dysfunctional family comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," was released in a steadily widening marketing blitz that saw it reach nearly $60 million. Searchlight's horror release "The Hills Have Eyes" also was a hit with a $42 million gross. The studio didn't have as much luck with "Trust the Man," or its original production "Fast Food Nation." The final accounting on "The Last King of Scotland" will depend on the accolades for lead actor Forest Whitaker, who already has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Idi Amin.
|Fox Searchlight releases||Date||Boxoffice|
|Imagine Me & You||1/27||$0.7|
|The Hills Have Eyes||3/10||41.8|
|Thank You for Smoking||3/17||24.8|
|Little Miss Sunshine||7/26||59.5|
|Trust the Man||8/18||1.5|
|The Last King of Scotland||9/27||3.6|
|Fast Food Nation||11/17||1.0|
|The History Boys||11/22||2.1|
|Notes On a Scandal||12/25||0.8|
The boxoffice and market share for each distributor represents tickets sales from Jan. 3, 2006, through Jan. 1, 2007, inclusive. "Films tracked" represents the total number of films, including 2005 releases that generated ticket sales for each distributor. For 2005 releases, only boxoffice returns from 2006 are reported.
2006 BOXOFFICE WRAP
- Avast ye b.o. slide: '06 receipts gained back ground
- Booty call: The year's top films boosted boxoffice
- Studio wrap: Dividing the treasure
- Indie wrap: Coming out punching
- Focus Features/Rogue: Life after 'Brokeback'
- Fox Searchlight: Covering all the bases
- IDP/Goldwyn/Roadside: Maintaining the faith
- IFC: Developing a new take
- Lionsgate: Roaring atop the pack
- Magnolia: Testing day-and-date
- Miramax: Dealing itself a 'Queen'
- Paramount Vantage: Taking the temperature
- Picturehouse: Hailing Altman's finale
- Sony Classics: Pursuing the high road
- ThinkFilm: Following an eclectic path
- Warner Independent Pictures: Changing of the guard
- Weinstein/Dimension: Relying on genre pics
- Yari Film Group: Jumping into the fray
- Other independent distributors