Warner Independent Pictures

WIP topper Polly Cohen faces tough task

B.O.: $20 million

Top pic: “The Painted Veil,” $8 million

Exec suite: Polly Cohen, prexy; Steven Friedlander, exec VP, distribution; Laura Kim, exec VP, marketing

Analysis: Cohen is in her second year at WIP’s helm, but it has largely taken until now to get through the slate of pictures she inherited from the prior regime. From here on out, though, it’s entirely her show. The pressure’s on.

A big part of Cohen’s mandate is to provide a place for filmmakers and talent near-and-dear to big Warners to pursue passion projects. On Aug. 10, unit started platforming environmental docu “The 11th Hour,” produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Film got off to a respectable start, but it’s too soon to render a diagnosis.

In mid-September, WIP unspools Paul Haggis’ “In the Valley of Elah,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron, about a father trying to uncover the truth behind his son’s disappearance after returning from Iraq.

Cohen faces a tough task in making WIP a formidable player in the studio specialty game. Unit’s highest-grossing pic of the last 12 months was Edward Norton/Naomi Watts starrer “The Painted Veil,” which missed out much of awards season and did under $10 million at the box office. Christopher Guest’s “For Your Consideration” grossed $5.5 million, while Truman Capote biopic “Infamous” took in a paltry $1.1 million.

Up next:

  • “In the Valley of Elah,” Sept. 14

  • “December Boys,” Sept. 14

  • “Funny Games,” Oct. 26

  • “Darfur Now,” Nov. 2

  • “Snow Angels,” March 7

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