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January 16, 2014 2:11 PM
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Sundance 2013 at the Box Office: The Biggest Grossers of Last Year's Festival

6. The Spectacular Now
Distributor: A24
Theatrical Gross: $6.9 million
Verdict: While "Spring Breakers" was breakout distributor A24's 2013 gem when it came to the box office, teen drama "The Spectacular Now" was a not-too-shabby second place. Smartly counterprogramming late summer fare with a youth oriented film smarter than almost anything else saw the film slowly but surely near a $7 million final gross, besting A24's other summer film with young stars, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring."  Hit.

"Twenty Feet From Stardom"

7. 20 Feet From Stardom
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Theatrical Gross: $4.8 million
Verdict: Upstart RADiUS-TWC found its first major theatrical hit in Morgan Neville's "20 Feet From Stardom," which was far and away the highest grossing documentary of 2013 (and among the 40 highest grossing of all time). Things started out strong but unspectacular for the backup singer doc, which averaged $18,199 from three theaters in its first weekend. But then the film rather remarkably held up in theaters for 30 weeks (it's actually still playing in five), taking its total to $4.8 million. That made it the highest grosser ever for RADiUS, which typically puts focus on digital releases, but made "20 Feet" its first exclusively theatrical film. It definitely paid off.  Big Hit.

8. In a World...
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Theatrical Gross: $3.0 million
Verdict: Lake Bell's well received directorial debut was another late summer specialty success story, giving Roadside Attractions its highest grossing pickup out of Sundance while hopefully also giving Bell some money to make her follow-up.  Hit.

9. The East
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Theatrical Gross: $2.3 million
Verdict: Already picked up by Fox Searchlight ahead of last year's fest, Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling's collaboration grossed 5 times as much as their previous Sundance entry "Sound of My Voice," though that still made for just over $2 million, which though unspectacular is definitely respectable.

10. Austenland
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Theatrical Gross: $2.2 million
Verdict: Late summer indie romantic comedies often to do a little better than "Austenland" (see "The Spectacular Now"), but the haul Sony Classics managed out of this Keri Russell-starrer was within expectation. Respectable.

And then here's the rest:

11. Blackfish
Distributor: Magnolia
Theatrical Gross: $2.1 million
Verdict: Hit.

"Blackfish"

12. Stoker
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Gross: $1.7 million
Verdict: Disappointment.

13. The Kings of Summer (then known as "Toy's House")
Distributor: CBS Films
Theatrical Gross: $1.3 million
Verdict: Respectable.

14. Inequality for All
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Theatrical Gross: $1.2 million
Verdict: Hit

15. Kill Your Darlings
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Theatrical Gross: $1.0 million
Verdict: Disappointment.

'Muscle Shoals'

16. Muscle Shoals
Distributor: Magnolia
Theatrical Gross: $674K
Verdict: Hit.

17. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Distributor: Lionsgate
Theatrical Gross: $495K
Verdict: Respectable.

18. The Act of Killing
Distributor: Drafthouse
Theatrical Gross: $464K
Verdict: Respectable.

19. Upstream Color
Distributor: self-distributed
Theatrical Gross: $444K
Verdict: Respectable.

20. Sound City
Distributor: Variance
Theatrical Gross: $423K
Verdict: Respectable.

21. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Distributor: IFC Films
Theatrical Gross: $391K
Verdict: Disappointment.

"Lovelace"

22. Dirty Wars
Distributor: IFC Films
Theatrical Gross: $371K
Verdict: Respectable.

23. Lovelace
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Gross: $357K
Verdict: Disappointment.

24. Adore (then known as "Two Mothers")
Distributor: Exclusive Media
Theatrical Gross: $319K
Verdict: Disappointment.

25. Linsanity
Distributor: Ketchup
Theatrical Gross: $299K
Verdict: Respectable.

26. Prince Avalanche
Distributor: Magnolia
Theatrical Gross: $205K
Verdict: Disappointment.

27. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
Distributor: Code Black
Theatrical Gross: $194K
Verdict:  Respectable.

28. Crystal Fairy
Distributor: IFC Films
Theatrical Gross: $192K
Verdict: Disappointment.

29. A.C.O.D.
Distributor: Film Arcade
Theatrical Gross: $179K
Verdict: Disappointment.

30. Afternoon Delight
Distributor: Film Arcade
Theatrical Gross: $184K
Verdict: Disappointment.

31. Escape From Tomorrow
Distributor: PDA
Theatrical Gross: $171K
Verdict: Disappointment.

32. Cutie and the Boxer
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Theatrical Gross: $170K
Verdict: Respectable.

33. We Steal Secrets
Distributor: Focus
Gross: $166K
Verdict: Disappointment.

34. Mother of George
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Theatrical Gross: $158K
Verdict: Disappointment.

35. Narco Cultura
Distributor: Cinedigm
Theatrical Gross: $145K
Verdict: Respectable.

36. American Promise
Distributor: RFG
Theatrical Gross: $138K
Verdict: Respectable.

37. Computer Chess
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Theatrical Gross: $102K
Verdict:  Disappointment.

38. Blue Caprice
Distributor: IFC Films
Theatrical Gross: $92K
Verdict: Disappointment.

39. We Are What We Are
Distributor: EOne
Theatrical Gross: $81K
Verdict: Disappointment.

40. After Tiller
Distributor: Oscilloscope
Theatrical Gross: $67K
Verdict: Disappointment.



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1 Comment

  • That Guy | January 16, 2014 2:20 PMReply

    Cool list. Would have much better in my opinion had you included the original budget for each film, the cost of the film rights, and marketing costs for all the films. Just a thought.