YFG Releasing ramps up domestic distribution

B.O.: $43 million

Top pic: “The Illusionist,” $40 million

Exec suite: Bob Yari, prexy; Dennis Brown, CEO; Mitch Goldman, exec VP, marketing

Analysis: Yari’s aim in ramping up YFG Releasing has been to build a foundation as a domestic distributor of specialized pics, wider-release fare and limited releases that are part of service deals, with each release determining the business model. “The Illusionist” was no mirage — it was the highest-grossing specialized pic released by an indie distributor during the past 12 months. YFG’s broader release “Kickin’ It Old Skool,” went out on 1,816 screens in April, taking in $4.5 million. The topper’s particularly bullish on romantic comedy “The Accidental Husband” starring Uma Thurman and Colin Firth with Griffin Dunne helming, and plans to open it on more than 2,000 screens. “It’s aimed at the adult market, which is under-served,” Yari says.

YFG Releasing plans to distribute as many as 12 to 15 films a year, with six to eight of those films being YFG productions.

Up next:

  • “The Final Season,” Oct. 12

  • “The Perfect Christmas,” Dec. 14

  • “The Accidental Husband,” Feb. 8

  • “The Sophomore,” April 25
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