Heading into a weekend that is likely going to give a serious boost to a lot of platform releasers (Juno and Atonement most notably), I figured I’d take a quick look at where the limited releases of 2007 currently stand.
The following are, as of last weekend, the only 2007 releases to have opened in a traditional limited release and made over $10 million (with perhaps Sicko‘s inclusion pushing it, and The Lives of Others coming off a Oscar push from last year):
No Country for Old Men| Mira. | $34.58 million
Sicko | LGF | $24.54 million
Waitress | FoxS | $19.07 million
Into the Wild | ParV | $16.63 million
The Namesake | FoxS | $13.56 million
The Darjeeling Limited | FoxS |$11.57 million
The Lives of Others | SPC | $11.29 million
La Vie en Rose | PicH | $10.07 million
Of films already in release, Juno, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Atonement all certainly seemed poised to join this list.
Last year, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen both topped $50 million; The Illusionist, Babel and Pan’s Labyrinth all topped $30 million; while eleven other titles crossed $10 million, meaning 8 more titles than 2007 has with one month remaining.
Its quite possible 2007 could offer an incredible last minute push, especially with No Country quickly rising ($50 million+?) and Juno likely to do the same, and releases like There Will Be Be Blood still coming… I’ll be really curious to see what happens. But as it stands right now, while 2007 is likely about to be talked about as remarkable year for films, especially many of the ones I just listed, it also could be a year when none of them really made any money.