Sundance: A Look Back On How Last Year’s Acquisitions Fared At The Box Office

Before the deal making gets underway at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, here is a review of how the films from last year’s festival fared at the box office. VOD receipts aren’t part of this, and I will add those I get. But you can see that buyers might not want to let the thin air here get the best of them.

Sundance 2013 Acquisitions and Box Office

Title Distributor-Buyer Rights Type Acquisition (or M.G.) * Domestic B.O. *
Don Jon+ Relativity U.S. 4 24.5
The Way, Way Back Fox Searchlight Domestic, some territories 10 21.5
Jobs+ Open Road service deal 16.1
Fruitvale Station Weinstein English Speaking 2+ 16.1
Before Midnight Sony Classics Domestic and U.K. mid seven figures 8.1
The Spectacular Now A24 Domestic 6.9
20 Feet From Stardom Radius TWC Domestic low seven figures 4.8
In a World… Roadside Attractions/Sony Wwide U.S../Intl. 3.0
The Kings of Summer (aka Toy’s House) CBS/QED domestic/Intl. 1.3
Inequality for All TWC-Radius English Speaking 0.75 1.2
Kill Your Darlings SPC US., multiple 2 1.0
Muscle Shoals Magnolia U.S. 0.68
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete Codeblack U.S. $0.5
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints IFC U.S. 1+ 0.4
Dirty Wars IFC/Sundance Selects domestic 0.37
Lovelace Radius TWC U.S. 3 0.36
Adore Exclusive U.S., some Intl. low seven figure 0.3
The Summit Sundance Selects/IFC domestic 0.23
Prince Avalanche Magnolia Domestic 0.2
A.C.O.D. Film Arcade/Par Home Video domestic 0.18
Escape From Tomorrow++ Producers Distribution Agency U.S. 0.17
Mother of George Oscilloscope Domestic 0.16
Blue Caprice Sundance Selects domestic/Latin America low seven 92K
We Are What We Are E1 U.S. low seven 81K
Concussion Radius TWC domestic low seven 43K
Touchy Feely Magnolia world 36K
V/H/S/ 2 Magnolia U.S. $1+ 22K
The Look of Love IFC domestic 16k
Charlie Countryman Millennium U.S. low seven figures 12K
Hell Baby Millennium U.S. 9K
A Teacher Oscilloscope domestic 8K
The Lifeguard Focus World/Screen Media U.S. **
Newlyweeds Phase 4 Domestic **
*all figures in millions of $ except as noted
**grosses not reported
+guaranteed P&A of $25 million for Don Jon, $10 million P&A for Jobs.
++Escape cleared $121K in first week VOD revenue

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