As buyers caught some hot Sundance films yesterday and more brave the sloppy snowy conditions to see  titles today, the early reaction I’m getting is that buyers are holding to their resolve to not overpay. There are already offers on several films, and deals should start dropping soon. Breakout films are hard to come by. How did last year’s Sundance films fare at the box office? Here’s a chart of the domestic gross of most of the films sold at last year’s festival. Bear in mind that some of these films were bought for a pittance, and had small theatrical runs to supplement VOD business. Other deals went beyond North America, something that isn’t factored here. And still others have led to overall arrangements with filmmakers and producers that are leading to future films, which is why so much of Hollywood fixates on the new talent that gets launched at Sundance.

2011 Sundance Domestic Box Office Scorecard
(grosses culled from Boxofficemojo.com)

Film Distributor Domestic Gross
MY IDIOT BROTHER TWC $24.8 million
MARGIN CALL Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions $5.3 million domestic
THE GUARD SPC $5.3 million
BUCK Sundance Selects $4 million
LIKE CRAZY Paramount/Indian Paintbrush $3.39 million
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Fox Searchlight $2.9 million
TAKE SHELTER 2011 Sony Pictures Classics $1.7 million
THE ART OF GETTING BY (HOMEWORK) Fox Searchlight $1.43 million
THE DEVILÕS DOUBLE Lionsgate $1.36 million
ANOTHER EARTH Fox Searchlight $1.3 million
BEATS RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST SPC $1.2 million
PAGE ONE Magnolia/Participant $1.1 million
Red State Lionsgate/SModcast Pictures $1.1 million
HIGHER GROUND Sony Pictures Classics $841,733
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Magnolia / Magnet $703,372
POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD SPC $638,456
THE FUTURE Roadside Attractions $568,662
CIRCUMSTANCE Roadside/ Participant $454,121
PROJECT NIM

PARIAH

Roadside Attractions

Focus Features

$411,184

$410,638 (just opened)

THE INTERRUPTERS Cinema Guild $274,963
BEING ELMO Hanway Flms $267,965
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED Roadside Attractions $258,223
LIFE IN A DAY Hanway $252,788
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL Magnolia $223,615
BELLFLOWER Oscilloscope $168,226
GUN HILL ROAD Motion Film Group $148,994
THE LAST MOUNTAIN Dada Films $123,000
SON OF NO ONE Anchor Bay $30,680
SALVATION BOULEVARD IFC & SPWAG $28,468
REBIRTH Oscilloscope $12,358
THE LEDGE IFC/ JESS + MOSS Visit Films $9,216
ANOTHER HAPPY DAY Phase 4 $8,464
I MELT WITH YOU Magnolia $6,361
FLYPAPER IFC $5,043

 

Klausey
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3 years
There are plenty of non-sundance movies also not not making money...it's not exclusive. Why isn't Submarine on...
hollywood joe
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3 years
Over the last five years, few films acquired at Sundance, do north of 25 at the box...
Furious D
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3 years
I think the poor box office performance of most of the Sundance films comes from the growing...