Warner Independent Pictures: Changing of the guard
2006 boxoffice: $27.3 millionMost of the news coming out of Warner Independent Pictures came from the executive suites. May saw WIP head Mark Gill step down after conflicts with his boss, Warners production president Jeff Robinov. Longtime Warners lieutenant Polly Cohen took over the reins, moving several projects along -- WIP snapped up the rights to Tom Perotta's forthcoming book "The Abstinence Teacher," attaching "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to the project. The studio also is putting together the Paul Haggis mystery-thriller "In the Valley of Elah." Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration" came close to challenging Richard Linklater's animated "A Scanner Darkly" as the year's top grosser, though both films grossed slightly more than $5 million.
|Warner Independent Pictures releases||Date||Boxoffice|
|Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World||1/20||$0.9|
|A Scanner Darkly||7/7||5.5|
|The Science of Sleep||9/22||4.7|
|For Your Consideration||11/17||5.4|
|The Painted Veil||12/20||0.6|
|Good Night, and Good Luck||10/7/05||7.8|
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