ThinkFilm

Money woes place question mark on future

There isn’t enough space here to detail all the travails of ThinkFilm, which has been crippled due to financial woes of its parent company, Capitol Films. Perhaps the most serious blow is the scheduled October departure of topper Mark Urman to upstart distrib Senator. Some key execs have already bolted, including co-founders Jeff Sackman and Randy Manis. The high point of its slate over the past 12 months was Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which grossed $6.8 million Stateside. “Then She Found Me,” bought for $2 million in Toronto a year ago, was poised for release when Capitol Films started having major money problems. Ads were pulled, and the crowdpleasing pic underachieved with a $3.7 million tally. Other titles, such as “Taxi to the Dark Side,” also got lost in the turmoil.

B.O.: $13.8 million

TOP PIC: “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” $6.8 million

TOPPERS: David Bergstein, chairman; Mark Urman, president (exiting in October); Amanda Sherwin, senior VP, U.S. theatrical

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