Warner Independent Pictures: Changing of the guard

2006 boxoffice: $27.3 million

Most 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
Duck Season 3/10 0.1
The Promise 5/5 0.7
A Scanner Darkly 7/7 5.5
The Science of Sleep 9/22 4.7
Infamous 10/13 1.2
For Your Consideration 11/17 5.4
The Painted Veil 12/20 0.6
Paradise Now 10/28/05 0.4
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.