It’s been somewhat hit-and-miss for Roadside since Lionsgate took a minority stake in the boutique distrib in 2007. After a banner year, with four movies that passed $1 million, company stumbled with its first wide-release Lionsgate partnership. Though “Battle for Terra,” a 3-D animated adventure, was the company’s top grosser over the past 12 months, it notched small per-theater averages.
Company has proved more adept at the old-fashioned arthouse rollout: “Goodbye Solo” emerged as a profitable prestige release, staying in theaters for more than 18 weeks and grossing $850,000. And another joint Lionsgate acquisition, doc “The Cove,” opened with great promise, as did doc “The September Issue.”
With plenty of service deals and varied distribution arrangements as part of its slate, Roadside has the flexibility to take paths less traveled: For its fall ’08 docu release “I.O.U.S.A.,” company planned a one-night event-style launch, which helped propel a healthy 28-week run. The company that helped launch “Super Size Me” in 2004 continues to be one of the few nonfiction players around.
B.O.: $5.9 million
TOP PIC: “Battle for Terra” ($1.6 million)
TOPPERS: Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, co-presidents; Gail Blumenthal, sr. VP, distribution
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