B.O.: $37 million
Top pic: “Amazing Grace,” $21 million
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., chairman; Meyer Gottlieb, president; Peter Goldwyn, VP acquisitions
Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, co-presidents
Analysis: The summer began with Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions parting ways, when their three-year partnership ended on May 11.
Per the terms of the deal, Goldwyn’s marketing and distribution arm IDP Distribution serviced Roadside releases. Goldwyn and Roadside also teamed up on titles together, including Michael Apted’s “Amazing Grace,” about civil rights crusader William Wilberforce.
Still, the benefits of sharing a marketing and distribution machine never fully blossomed. Lionsgate has since taken an ownership stake in Roadside, which, in turn, will distribute certain titles (such as “Right at Your Door” and “Trade”) for Lionsgate in addition to building its own release slate.
After “Amazing Grace,” IDP’s best-performing pic of the last year was Goldwyn’s faith-based sports drama “Facing the Giants,” which grossed $10.2 million domestically. Otherwise, IDP struggled through much of the winter and spring (save for “Amazing Grace,” which opened in February).
Roadside’s Ashley Judd starrer “Come Early Morning,” written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams, grossed just $119,452 domestically; Goldwyn’s spiritual biopic “Conversations With God” grossed $867,845.
This summer, Goldwyn failed to find traction with Milos Forman’s “Goya’s Ghosts” but is off to a strong start with “2 Days in Paris,” written and directed by Julie Delpy, who also stars. While Roadside sets out to redefine itself, Goldwyn could have a clearer path to burnishing its own brand.
- “O Jerusalem,” Oct. 17
- “Southland Tales,” Nov. 9
- “Revolver,” Dec. 7
Roadside (outside IDP)
- “Trade,” Sept. 28
- “Bella” and “How to Cook Your Life,” Oct. 26
- “Starting Out in the Evening,” Nov. 23
- “Chicago 10,” Feb. 22