A number of specialties opened the first (official) weekend of summer, but nothing really popped. TWC‘s Unfinished Song managed reasonable numbers, opening in two locations with a $13,846 average, easily winning the numbers game in a ho-hum weekend otherwise dominated by the studios. Cohen Media Group‘s The Attack, meanwhile bowed in three theaters, grossing over $26K for an $8,784 PSA, while Magnolia‘s Danish produced A Hijacking opened 7 runs, grossing $42,500 ($6K-plus average). Samuel Goldwyn‘s wine doc Somm sipped a $4,500 average, although it was the number one documentary on the iTunes charts and fellow doc Downloaded took in $2,500 in one theater.
Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave starter Unfinished Song found some traction among audiences seeking alterna-fare on the big screen. It played the Paris Theater in NYC and the Landmark in L.A. TWC noted Sunday that the film had “the biggest jump of any other movie from Friday to Saturday,” so perhaps word-of-mouth is giving the title a boost. “The picture plays really well and is counter programming against the bubble gum fare out there now,” noted Erik Lomis about the film. Unfinished Song will continue its trek into the top markets in the weeks ahead. Read More »
Magnolia has acquired North American rights from TrustNordisk on the Tobias Lindholm-directed A Hijacking. The film premiered at Venice and Toronto. The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, Head of Sales at TrustNordisk and Magnolia’s SVP of Acquisitions, Dori Begley.
The film will be released second quarter of 2013. It stars Pilou Asbæk and Dar Salim and focuses on the human consequences of modern piracy. The starting point comes when the cargo ship MV Rozen is captured by Somali pirates. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death.
Said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles: “A Hijacking is a strikingly intelligent, thrilling and timely film, and Tobias Lindholm is a talent to be reckoned with.”
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Tobias Lindholm, whose drama A Hijacking received strong reviews out of Venice and before debuting at a press and industry screening yesterday. Lindholm wrote the script and directed a film that has a stylistic resemblance to United 93. U.S. distribution is being handled by Nordisk. Lindholm co-wrote and created Denmark’s top rated TV show, Borgen, and he co-wrote Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film The Hunt. He was chased by all the agencies.