Magnolia: Testing day-and-date
2006 boxoffice: $10.7 millionMagnolia Pictures started and ended 2006 as the theatrical distribution arm of two day-and-date films released on DVD and the HDNet cable channel: Steven Soderbergh's "Bubble" and Matt Tauber's "The Architect." The boxoffice failure of both (along with the comedy "One Last Thing ...") showed that while many exhibitors might be worrying about the impact of day-and-date, it still is in its embryonic stages. Four of Magnolia's 15 releases only reached four figures and another four only hit five figures, but the company had a $5 million-plus success with the late-2005 release "The World's Fastest Indian," staring Anthony Hopkins. "District B13" jumped to $1.2 million highlighting acrobatic "parkour" action, and Magnolia rode a wave of mini-controversies to bring the docu "Jesus Camp" to $850,000.
|2005 Academy Nominated Short Films||2/24||0.2|
|Herbie Hancock: Possibilities||4/14||0.002|
|The Lost City||4/28||2.5|
|One Last Thing ...||5/5||0.09|
|Dead Man's Shoes||5/12||0.006|
|The World's Fastest Indian||12/9/05||5.1|
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