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