Toronto, ON (September 13th, 2012) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. theatrical distribution rights to NO PLACE ON EARTH from HISTORY FILMS™, which has U.S. TV rights. The feature documentary tells the gripping story of a Jewish family who took refuge in caves for nearly two years to evade Nazi capture. The acquisition announcement comes less than 48 hours following the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night, where it received a lengthy standing ovation. READ MORE »
New York, NY – July 27, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to A PLACE AT THE TABLE, a powerful documentary from Participant Media and co-directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush about the hunger crisis in America. Featuring Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio, with music by T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars, the film debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with the title “Finding North.” It was produced by Jacobson and Silverbush, along with Julie Goldman and Ryan Harrington. Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Christina Weiss Lurie, Jeffrey Lurie and Colicchio served as executive producers.
Magnolia Pictures has purchased the U.S. rights to Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films directed the documentary about the chaining smoking fast talking talk show host. Downey passed away in 2001. Evocateur premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. …
A Sundance Film Festival favorite when it premiered in January, The Queen Of Versailles will be released July 20 by Magnolia. The film, which won the festival’s Best Documentary Directing prize for Lauren Greenfield, chronicles the riches-to-rags misadventures of a billionaire family that builds the biggest (might I add gaudiest) …
Magnolia’s dramatic thriller 360 comes from director Fernando Meirelles and scribe Peter Morgan and stars Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu. It follows the stories of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships. Magnolia is doing a VOD premiere June 29 …
Specialty openers did not fare well. Sony Classics lead a rather unspectacular crowd of rollouts, bowing Where Do We Go Now? in a trio of locations, grossing nearly $17K and an average just under $6,000. Magnolia opened a pair of titles with not so good results. Comedy/thriller God Bless America debuted at just over a dozen locations, averaging $2,196 while the distributor’s I Wish appeared in five theaters, averaging a little less than $2,000. Magnolia, however, had good news with its hit doc Jiro Dreams Of Sushi. The film passed the $2 million cumulative mark and is the second highest grossing doc of the year (just under the aggressively hyped Bully).
A pair of second week holdovers fared a bit better in limited release. While The Avengers broke records with the highest second-weekend grosses ever, Fox Searchlight’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel earned a place in the overall box office top 10 with only 178 locations (an additional 151 from its debut). The Dame Judi Dench starter grossed more than $2.6 million, averaging a fantastic $14,888. Searchlight said it will expand Marigold Hotel to an additional 24 markets and add 300 theaters next weekend. A spokesperson said the feature is “playing well to moms,” adding, “It was terrific counter-programming for the adult audience against the two tentpole films in the market place. Clearly, it was a Happy Mother’s Day for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
And Sundance Selects First Position added 14 theaters for its second weekend, grossing $91K for a $3,800 average. The film debuted last week at five locations, averaging $10,200.
God Bless America (Magnolia Pictures) NEW [13 Theaters] Weekend $28,550, Average $2,196
Where Do We Go Now? (Sony Pictures Classics) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $16,776, Average $5,592
I Wish (Magnolia Pictures) Week 14 [5 Theaters] Weekend $9,960, Average $1,992
Otter 501 (Paladin) NEW [3 Theaters] Weekend $5,500, Average $1,833
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts (Long Shot Factory) NEW [2 Theaters] Weekend $3,300, Average $1,650
Debate about the role of critics and the demise of local newspapers frequently surfaces among specialty filmmakers and distributors. And for some specialized fare opening this weekend, critics definitely played a big part. Critics and audience reaction prompted Sony Classics to pick up Where Do We Go Now? after initial hesitation. And Roadside Attractions’ theatrical release Tonight You’re Mine appears to have scored some high-powered critical acclaim the distributer is hoping will give the feature a positive push. Also this weekend among specialty offerings, Magnet Releasing bows the thriller God Bless America at sister company Landmark Theatre following a VOD debut. First Run Features’ Nobody Else But You is going for straight theatrical after exhibitors scoffed at a possible VOD component and A Bag Of Hammers also joins this weekend’s limited openers.
New York, NY – May 2, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to STEVE JOBS: THE LOST INTERVIEW. This candid, in-depth interview with the late visionary was filmed in 1995 by Robert Cringely, and Jobs discusses at length his early days, career battles, and vision for the future. Small portions of the piece were used for a television series at the time, but the vast majority was shelved, and for 17 years thought to be lost. Recently unearthed, it is being presented in its unedited entirety, providing a fascinating look at Jobs at a particularly interesting, transitory moment in his career, two years before he would go on to retake control of Apple.
Magnolia Pictures appears to have another strong documentary on its 2012 slate. The distributor bowed Kevin Macdonald’s documentary Marley at 42 locations Friday 4/20 (a coincidental date?) to impressive numbers theatrically, averaging over $6K per site and a taking a weekend gross of more than a quarter million dollars. Magnolia has also spun box office gold with doc Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, which has had a seven-week run, topping out over $1.5 million. Marley was No. 1 “in all but a handful of complexes and usually by multiples over the next highest film,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles told Deadline, “which is great news for expanding in the next couple of weeks. In addition, we were the number six film in all iTunes on Friday, which bodes extremely well for the digital and VOD platforms. This looks to be an extremely profitable film for us.” Marley opened as Screen Gems’ Think Like A Man became North America’s number one movie, averaging $16,377 in 2,015 theaters.
The specialty weekend’s per screen average winner, however, goes to Sony Pictures Classics’ debut of Darling Companion, which averaged $11,574 from four locations. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, Darling Companion producer Anthony Bregman told Deadline that unlike his previous baby boomer films, this one had to be made as an independent film. In other openers, Sundance Selects’ Goodbye First Love bowed more modestly also at four locations, averaging $5,300, while its sister label IFC Midnight opened The Moth Diaries in two theaters, averaging a sluggish $1,200. Entertainment One’s Jesus Henry Christ launched comparatively stronger, but nevertheless mildly, with an average just over $3K at three locations.
New York – (March 12, 2012) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today the June 8th U.S. theatrical release of BEL AMI, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, and Colm Meaney. BEL AMI had its World Premiere as an Official Selection of last month’s 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
In this sexy retelling of Guy de Maupassant’s classic tale of blackmail, manipulation, and social-climbing, set against 19th century Paris, Pattinson stars as the young and very ambitious George Duroy, who discovers that his unadulterated passion and seduction skills with influential Parisian ladies (Ricci, Thurman, and Thomas), above-all, is the fastest and most effective way to the upper echelons of the society he so desperately wants to control.
‘Being Flynn,’ ‘Boy,’ ‘Black Butterflies,’ ‘Last Days Here,’ ‘Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’: Specialty Box Office
This Friday’s specialty releases run the gamut from Being Flynn with stars Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, which Focus will begin to roll out over the weekend, to much smaller titles Boy and Black Butterflies with much more limited release plans. Most of this week’s specialty offerings, however, faced long roads to the big screen and fluctuating production budgets. Below are a snapshot of this week’s new limited releases.
Director: Paul Weitz
Writer: Paul Weitz, Nick Flynn
Cast: Paul Dano, Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby
Distributor: Focus Features
It’s been a lengthy road for Being Flynn to get to theaters this weekend. The feature starring Robert DeNiro, Julianne Moore, Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby traveled an eight year journey starting out as a Sony project before heading to Fox 2000 and finally landing at Focus Features. Along the way co-writer/director Paul Weitz wrote thirty drafts of the script, evolving along the way. “We were fortunate to have Robert DeNiro from the point we were working with Fox 2000 and he stayed [with the project] after the budget became tighter,” producer Andrew Miano told Deadline, adding that an actor who originally was to play the role of DeNiro’s son in the film had to drop out, which eventually lead to Paul Dano joining the project. “We weren’t forced to do certain casting with an actor who could sell the film in Germany or Africa,” said Miano adding that Focus gave the production leeway on finding Dano. “He’s an actor who has worked opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and The Ballad Of Jack And Rose and we knew he could do this with DeNiro,” said Miano.
Magnolia Pictures had already picked up U.S. rights to the Kevin Macdonald documentary about the reggae legend. The pic made its world premiere last weekend at the Berlin festival, where it sold a slew of territories. Magnolia has set an April 20 release for North America, and it is timed …
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures is making a deal for The Queen Of Versailles, the documentary that made its Sundance Film Festival debut Thursday at Eccles Theater. I’m told the deal will be for all rights in North America except TV. Plans are for a theatrical release later this summer. Several companies chased the film including Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions together, and Sony Pictures Classics, which today bought Searching for Sugar Man.
The Queen Of Versailles focuses on the odyssey of timeshare magnate David Siegel and his 30-years younger wife Jackie. Riding high, they decided at the peak of their wealth to build Versailles, a 90,000-square-foot home that would have been the largest in America. Modeled after the Palace of Versailles, the plans included an indoor ice skating rink and 10 kitchens. When the 2008 economic collapse hit, their plans were dashed and they struggled to live like the unwashed masses. The docu caused a stir here when David Siegel sued Sundance for a catalog description of him as a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. He might be on shaky legal ground as those who’ve seen the movie said that those words come right out of his mouth. Lauren Greenfield (Thin) directed it, and while David Siegel wasn’t at yesterday’s screening Jackie was. Also present were several producers, and there could be a remake rights deal in the offing.