Picturehouse

'Labyrinth' success makes up for big misses

B.O.: $57 million

Top pic: “Pan’s Labyrinth,” $38 million

Exec suite: Bob Berney, prexy; Marian Koltai-Levine, exec VP, publicity and promotions; Arthur Marblestone, senior exec VP, marketing and distribution

Analysis: With the release of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” in late December, Bob Berney’s Picturehouse enjoyed its biggest hit since the label’s launch at Cannes in 2005. The success of that film helped to make up for several big misses, none more high profile than last November’s Nicole Kidman starrer, “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” which grossed a paltry $223,202 domestically.

Summer 2007 has been busy for Picturehouse. Berney’s shop hit the sweet spot with the Edith Piaf biopic “La vie en rose,” with the French pic grossing an impressive $9.5 million to date and Marion Cotillard’s perf already earning Oscar buzz. One of the summer’s smaller grossers was “Gracie,” directed by Davis Guggenheim (helmer of Oscar-winning docu “An Inconvenient Truth”), taking in $3 million. With any other indie, a $7.3 million gross would be terrific, but not for “El Cantante,” which stars high-wattage couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Arthouse title “Rocket Science,” a Sundance favorite, is still early in its platform run, but that title, too, looks like it will underperform.

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