ThinkFilm: Playing to the niches


ThinkFilm, which was acquired by David Bernstein's Capitol Films in late 2006, used its new resources to aggressively play to the niches, releasing 21 films in 2007. It has struck a definite chord with Sidney Lumet's crime tale "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which is showing up on critics' top 10 lists. As it makes its bid for awards consideration, "Devil" has grossed $6.4 million so far. It also has four films on the Oscar shortlist for best documentary: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's "Nanking," Sean Fine and Andrea Nix's "War/Dance," Tony Kaye's "Lake of Fire" and Alex Gibney's "Taxi to the Dark Side."But it failed to draw crowds with such quirky comedies as "The Ten," a Sundance acquisition, and "The TV Set," which it spotted at Tribeca.

ThinkFilm 2007 boxofficeRelease dateBoxoffice
Funny Money1/26   .002
Avenue Montaigne2/16      2.0
Glastonbury2/23        .007
Live Free or Die3/30      .01
The TV Set4/6     0.3
Zoo4/25   .07
The Dog Problem4/27        .0009
The Hip-Hop Project5/11       0.03
The Wendell Baker Story5/18     0.1
The Trials of Darryl Hunt6/15     .001
Blood and Tears6/15 .004
Ghosts of Cite Soleil6/27     .05
The Ten8/3     0.8
The Hottest State8/24      0.03
Self-Medicated8/31    0.1
In the Shadow of the Moon9/7      1.1
Lake of Fire10/3       0.02
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead10/26      6.4
War/Dance11/9       0.06
The Walker12/7  0.05
Nanking12/12   0.02
Keeping Mum9/15/06       0.01
Shortbus10/4/06       0.05
Candy11/17/06       0.005
Off the Black12/8/06       0.008
2007 total: $11.3 mil