EXCLUSIVE: Radius-TWC offered a rare look inside the VOD numbers today, providing nontheatrical earnings for its recent documentaries The Unknown Known and Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom. The company, which unveiled the Mike Myers-helmed Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon, opened Oscar winner Errol Morris’ Unknown Known in early April. It has cumed nearly $270K in its nine weeks in theaters, but VOD/digital platforms drew an additional $1 million. Meanwhile, 20 Feet From Stardom, has banked $1.3 million from VOD/digital, adding to its $4.945 million theatrical take in its 52 consecutive weeks of release since June 14, 2013. “We’re going to keep going until it hits $5 million,” said Quinn, Co-President of Radius along with Jason Janego.
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“There’s an interesting nexus of several things happening at once,” Quinn told Deadline. “I think it’s worth highlighting some of the nonfiction work that we’ve done. We did [Unknown Known] as day-and-date because we feel that the director Errol Morris has a heavy following on Twitter and even skews younger in some respects but also because of the notoriety of the subject, Don Rumsfeld. That collective gross gives a sense of how it fits into the marketplace. If it were a purely theatrical film, it would be the second-highest-grossing documentary of the year [so far].” The total would put Unknown Known roughly on par with IFC Films’ doc Finding Vivian Maier, which has cumed about $1.36 million theatrically. (That film also is available via on demand platforms, but IFC Films remains hush-hush about its nontheatrical grosses). Sony Classics’ Tim’s Vermeer, meanwhile, has grossed about $1.67 million theatrically since its January release. “Errol absolutely loves this release pattern and likes the interaction that it allows for,” said Quinn. “I think he’d like to do this again, and we’d love to work with him again.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton and Tata Vega are profiled in the Oscar-nominated Radius-TWC documentary and will perform at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. It will be the only musical performance at the ceremony. Director Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom, a look at the lives of several of the music industry’s greatest backup singers, is nominated for a Spirit Award in the Best Documentary category. It also made the cut as one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. Currently the No. 1 documentary on iTunes, the pic continues to build momentum as the culmination of awards season approaches. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the Spirit Awards will be handed out during a daytime luncheon in Santa Monica and broadcast later that evening at 10 PM on IFC.
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Ratings for the BAFTA Film Awards were down Sunday night about 800,000 viewers from last year as 4.56M watched the BBC One broadcast of the 62nd annual kudofest. The revelry was high, though, after the tight two-hour show, especially at the parties that followed the Royal Opera House fest followed by dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. EOne hosted one in Soho while Warner Bros gathered its Gravity team in Mayfair.
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The place to be though was the massive show that The Weinstein Company put on at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn. Among those in attendance were Oprah Winfrey, David O Russell, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Uma Thurman, Steve Coogan, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruhl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gillian Anderson, Alicia Vikander, Lily Allen, Freddie Fox and Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech and Tom Cullen. TWC’s Philomena won a prize last night, for Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Coogan and Jeff Pope. The duo is also up for an Oscar in two weeks, and leave it to Harvey Weinstein to also be looking ahead to that occasion with a film … Read More »
There’s talk of a Broadway show. A TV movie is being developed for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on the life of one of its subjects, Darlene Love. It became the number one grossing documentary of the year . And now it made the cut as one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars where many think it will go all the way and pick up the gold man. Director Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom, a look at the lives of several of the music industry’s greatest back-up singers, has had quite a ride since opening in the summer. And it continues. Take a look at this featurette profiling the film’s true stars.