Paramount Vantage: Appealing to the critics


The re-energized Paramount Vantage generated a lot of critical enthusiasm in 2007, even if it found winning over audiences more of a challenge. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," the dominant player when SAG noms were announced, stalled at the boxoffice with $17.1 million. Similarly, "A Mighty Heart" has earned Angelina Jolie kudos, but as summer counterprogramming, it hit the wall at only $9.2 million. Poised to make its bid for audiences in the new year, Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" already is one of the critics' favorites from 2007 along with the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men," which Vantage co-produced with Miramax. For an encore, Vantage head John Lesher already has been paged to move over to run the show at Paramount.

Paramount Vantage 2007 boxofficeRelease dateBoxoffice
Black Snake Moan3/2      9.4
Year of the Dog4/13      1.5
A Mighty Heart6/22      9.2
Arctic Tale7/25        0.8
Into the Wild9/21     17.1
Margot at the Wedding11/16      1.8
The Kite Runner12/14        6.4
There Will be Blood12/26        0.4
Babel10/27/06     14.3
2007 total: $60.9 mil