After an outstanding run, both critically and commercially, with “The Queen” in 2007 and “No Country for Old Men” (shared with Paramount Vantage) in 2008, the label’s most recent front-runner “Doubt” generated just over $33 million but, with no Oscar wins, fell short of prior successes. Domestic receipts for wide releases were OK (“Adventureland,” $16 million) to abysmal (“Blindness,” $3.4 million).
Company topper Daniel Battsek’s U.K. connections, meanwhile, continue to shape the Disney division, which has both its dividends (“Happy-Go-Lucky”) and its losses (“Cheri”).
There’s been speculation that the Mouse House might try to sell off the indie arm, but Disney chairman Dick Cook recently went on record to dispel the talk. Indeed, Miramax isn’t slowing down, with comic dramas (“The Boys Are Back” with Clive Owen; “Everybody’s Fine,” with Robert De Niro) that may hit with awards voters. Expanding into more commercial fare, the company’s producing fantasy thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” co-scripted and produced by Guillermo del Toro.
B.O.: $68.9 million
TOP PIC: “Doubt” ($33.4 million)
TOPPERS: Daniel Battsek, president; Keri Putnam, president, production; Michael Luisi, exec VP, business affairs and operations
UP NEXT: “The Boys Are Back” (Sept. 25), “Everybody’s Fine” (Dec. 4), “The Debt” (2010)