Following in the faith-friendly footsteps of the company’s 2007 breakout “Amazing Grace,” Goldwyn reaped heavenly rewards with its late-2008 release “Fireproof,” one of the highest-grossing indies of the year. But if 2007 to 2008 marked a high point for the company, the momentum has stalled in much of this year. Japanese genre film “Blood: The Last Vampire” was no “Twilight” (barely reaching $250,000), while early summer Jennifer Aniston comedy-drama “Management,” released with Image Entertainment, couldn’t crack $1 million.
In August, Goldwyn opened Sophie Barthes’ Sundance competition pic “Cold Souls” to respectable opening weekend averages. Possible indie-awards notice for star Paul Giamatti could propel the pic further. And bowing this fall are motocross drama “Free Style,” starring “High School Musical’s” Corbin Bleu, and art world satire “(Untitled).”
Looking to its ancillary future, Goldwyn recently made an exclusive pact with Paramount’s Epix for up to 20 films.
B.O.: $38.8 million
TOP PIC: “Fireproof” ($33.5 million)
TOPPERS: Samuel Goldwyn Jr., prexy & CEO; Meyer Gottlieb, prexy & COO; Michael Silberman, head of distribution
UP NEXT: “Free Style” (Oct. 9), “(Untitled)” (Oct. 23)