Typically seen as cost-conscious, eking out solid sales for arty foreign fare, Sony Classics found its top three movies in the past 12 months were actually all English-language: Jonathan Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married,” which the company fully produced; Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works”; and Duncan Jones’ “Moon.” Not only were the films modest theatrical hits, but co-prexy Michael Barker says a long and healthy life in ancillary markets awaits them, driven by cast names such as Anne Hathaway and Sam Rockwell.
While it was not one of their best years, Barker and partner Tom Bernard weathered the market downturn well. The company made humble amounts of hay on an eclectic slate of small films. Always a savvy contender in the Oscar race, SPC has several prospects, including “An Education”; Pedro Almodovar’s latest, “Broken Embraces”; and “A Prophet.”
B.O.: $47.7 million
TOP PIC: “Rachel Getting Married” ($12.8 million)
TOPPERS: Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, co-presidents; Tom Prassis, VP, distribution
UP NEXT: “Coco Before Chanel” (Sept. 25), “The Damned United” (Sept. 25), “An Education” (Oct. 9), “Broken Embraces” (Nov. 20), “The White Ribbon” (Dec.), “A Prophet” (qualifying run in Dec.)