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

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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

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

4. Goon - Magnolia/Special Presentation/4.2

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

6. Shame - Fox Searchlight/Special Presentation/3.9  *****

7. Monsieur Lazhar - Music Box/Special Presentation/2.0 (U.S. gross only)

8. The Deep Blue Sea - Music Box/Special Presentation/1.1

9. Where Do We Go Now? - Sony Pictures Classics/Special Presentation/0.5

10. The Hunter - Magnolia/Special Presentation/0.2

*****Sony Pictures Worldwide had acquired this earlier in 2011, but Sony Pictures Classics was announced as the US distributor after its Toronto showing

17 of the 20 top grossing films showed as either Galas or Special Presentations, with the other three from Contemporary World Cinema, Masters and Midnight Madness. Nine of the top 10 acquisitions were also Special Presentations, the other from Midnight Madness. This was an unusually top heavy showing for limited categories. In past years it has been common for films from other categories - Reel to Real (the documentary section, now called TFF Docs), Discoveries, Visions (now collapsed into other categories), as well as more numerous films from those which had little or no commercial after life among the 2011 films.

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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.