Paramount Vantage: Taking the temperature

2006 boxoffice: $46.0 million

"An Inconvenient Truth" and "Babel" were the bookends on Paramount Vantage's inaugural year. Both have scored well at the boxoffice and already have been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. with Golden Globe noms. The Al Gore-led environmental documentary and the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ensemble drama are on track to earn Academy noms as well. In between, the new division helmed by longtime agent John Lesher, aided by former Lionsgate International exec Nick Meyer, who joined Vantage as co-president, kept busy by putting together a production slate featuring the talent of writer-directors Noah Baumbach, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coens. Lesher also secured a two-year, first look deal with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods.

Paramount Vantage releases Date Boxoffice
Neil Young: Heart of Gold 2/10 $1.8
An Incovenient Truth 5/24 23.8
Typhoon 6/2 0.1
Broken Bridges 9/8 0.3
Babel 10/27 20.0

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.


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