Miramax: Dealing itself a 'Queen'

2006 boxoffice: $46.1 million

Miramax ended its first full year under the Daniel Battsek regime with a bonafide art-house smash, Stephen Frears' "The Queen." With its $28.5 million take likely to continue a steady build with anticipated best actress and best picture Oscar noms, it provides an ending flourish to a year that began with a foreign-language film Oscar for "Tsotsi," which earned a respectable $2.9 million. The Robin Williams Sundance Film Festival pickup "The Night Listener" grossed $7.8 million. The company found less success with such less highbrow fare as the comedies "Kinky Boots" and "Keeping Up With the Steins," as well as a pair of low-grossing, sports-themed documentaries "Once in a Lifetime" and "The Heart of the Game." Miramax had only one bomb with the French animated action film "Renaissance."

Miramax releases Date Boxoffice
Tsotsi 2/24 $2.9
Kinky Boots 4/14 1.8
Keeping Up With the Steins 5/12 4.3
The Heart of the Game 6/9 0.4
Once in a Lifetime 7/7 0.1
The Night Listener 8/4 7.8
Renaissance 9/22 0.06
The Queen 9/30 28.5
Venus 12/21 0.1

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.