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TIFF 11 Acquisitions Recap: Best Gross 'Salmon' at $9 million

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by Tom Brueggemann
September 14, 2012 12:43 PM
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Fox Searchlight The Descendants

As acquisitions execs tally up their buys for Toronto Film Fest 2012, they would do well to note how the movies that were acquired here last year fared in release.

Nearly 150 of the 267 feature films shown at last year's Toronto International Film Festival were pre-bought by distributors for stateside play or acquired sometime after they screened (either for theatrical TV, cable, VOD and/or DVD). Three significant hits and Oscar contenders did gain a serious PR boost from their TIFF exposure -- "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "Moneyball." But the track record for films that came into the festival without a sale was spotty. In fact, only 11 films which were bought out of Toronto have grossed over $100,000 so far - not an encouraging figure for those with hopes of finding gold this year.

Top 20 US-Canada grosses/all Toronto 2011 films - rank/title/distributor/section/gross in millions

1. The Descendants - Fox Searchlight/Special Presentations/82.6

2. Moneyball - Sony/Gala/75.6

3. The Artist - Weinstein/Special Presentations/44.7

4. The Ides of March - Sony/Gala/41.0

5. Drive - Film District/Special Presentations/35.1

6. 50/50 - Summit/Special Presentations/35.0

7. Killer Elite - Open Road/Gala/25.1

8. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - CBS/Special Presentation/9.0

9. Friends With Kids - Roadside Attractions-Lionsgate (partners)/Special Presentation/7.3

10. A Separation - Sony Pictures Classics/Contemporary World Cinema/7.1

11. A Dangerous Method - Sony Pictures Classics/Gala/5.7

12. Anonymous - Sony/Gala/4.5

13. Jeff, Who Lives at Home - Paramount/Special Presentation/4.3

14. Goon - Magnolia/Special Presentation/4.2

15. The Raid: Redemption - Sony Pictures Classics/Midnight Madness/4.1

16. Shame - Fox Searchlight/Special Presentations/3.9

17. Pina - IFC/Masters/3.5

18. Like Crazy - Paramount/Special Presentations/3.4

19. The Skin I Live In - Sony Pictures Classics/Special Presentations/3.2

20. Albert Nobbs - Roadside Attractions/Gala/3.0

Top 10 US-Canada grosses/Acquired at or after Toronto 2011 - rank/title/distributor/section/gross in millions

2 Comments

  • Steve | September 14, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Interesting. You mean Friends with Kids rather than Friends with Benefits, right? FWB is the Timberlake/Kunis movie.

    Also, I think Trespass made more like $13,000 (domestically at least), not $13 million. It got a token release a couple weeks before it hit DVD.

  • Tom Brueggemann | September 14, 2012 2:56 PM

    Thanks Steve for catching those.

    "Trespass" did do $13 million - unfortunately, that was the 1992 Walter Hill film, not Joel Schumacher's last year. And the "Friends" mixup also has been corrected, and the numbers changed and "Albert Nobbs" given its rightful place in the top 20.

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