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

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood September 14, 2012 at 12:43PM

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.
The Descendants
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

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals, Toronto

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.