Lionsgate: Roaring atop the pack
2006 boxoffice: $331.0 millionGrossing more than $331 million, Lionsgate not only improved upon its 2005 tally but moved into first place among the indie distributors. With its well-honed marketing savvy, the company perfected a shrewd mix of genre fare, comedy and even the occasional, challenging documentary. R-rated horror film "Saw III" generated $80.2 million to become the second-highest grosser in the trilogy. Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion," the second film with the multihyphenate, grossed $63.2 million. The only disappointment was the April release "Akeelah and the Bee," which didn't break through as the studio expected, given the promotional push it received from Starbucks. Last year also represented a turning point for Lionsgate as in-house productions dominated its release schedule for the first time, a trend expected to continue this year.
|A Good Woman||2/3||0.2|
|Madea's Family Reunion||2/24||63.2|
|Larry the Cable Guy||3/24||15.7|
|La Mujer De Mi Hermano||4/14||2.8|
|Akeelah and the Bee||4/28||18.8|
|See No Evil||5/19||15.0|
|Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man||6/21||1.0|
|The U.S. vs. John Lennon||9/15||1.1|
|Employee of the Month||10/6||28.4|
|Deliver Us From Evil||10/13||0.2|
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