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Yari Film Group

Adapting to change

Unlike 2006, when Yari Film Group saw plenty of B.O. action from critical fave “The Illusionist” ($34 million), the distrib’s 2007-’08 slate of five films fell short. The biggest title for YFG, which has a distribution partnership with Freestyle Releasing, was the urban laffer “The Perfect Holiday” ($5.8 million). That pic’s performance was arguably stunted by another yuletide urban hit in the market, “This Christmas” ($49 million), which bowed three weeks earlier. Topper Bob Yari says he’s excited about his upcoming lineup and the indie biz in general. “We’re going through a cycle where new technology is maturing,” Yari says. “The way people choose their films is changing.”

B.O. CUME: $7.8 million

TOP PIC: “The Perfect Holiday,” $5.8 million

TOPPER: Bob Yari, CEO; Dennis Brown, CFO

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