New kids on the block Music Box brought on the noise last year with breakout French success “Tell No One” ($6.2 million), putting the Chicago-based company on the map. Sophomore year could be called a slump, in comparison, but given the tough times for the indie sector overall and the distrib’s modest expectations, the company fared adequately.
Top grosser “Seraphine” approached $800,000, a modest victory considering its mere 25-print release. Music Box also played French comedy “Shall We Kiss?,” featuring Virginie Ledoyen, and released Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes Jury prizewinner “Il Divo” for Chicago-based video company MPI. Both opened with decent per-screen averages.
Carving a niche for itself as a true arthouse player, Music Box is currently working on two German titles: In August it bowed Andreas Dresen’s 2008 Cannes Un Certain Regard winner “Cloud 9,” and it’s prepping mountain-climbing pic “North Face” for a January release.
B.O.: $3.6 million
TOP PIC: “Seraphine” ($657,000)
TOPPERS: William Schopf, president; Ed Arentz, managing director; Brian Andreotti, head of marketing
UP NEXT: “Cloud 9” (fall), “North Face” (January)