Spain: Spanish distribs fight back

Cannes Territory Report: Spain

Indie distributors are counterattacking after U.S. studios took nearly 75% of Spain’s 2010 box office marketshare.

This year, “indies want to fill an important gap between big blockbusters, with their strong movies looking at $3.5 million-$5 million B.O.,” says Pau Brunet of Boxoffice.es.

Indeed, Aurum Prods. handled bigger-budgeted fare like “Red” and “Sanctum,” while TriPictures has Russell Crowe starrer “The Next Three Days” and Nicolas Cage period fantasy pic “Season of the Witch.”

DeAPlaneta also entered Spain’s mass audience indie race with “The King’s Speech” ($15.1 million).

Alliance Atlantis’ deep-pocket distrib Aurum showed the strongest results.

Boutique TriPictures is recovering from discreet 2010 B.O. but has secured Relativity Media-produced pictures for four years.

Total 2010 box office: $953.7 million
Total 2010 releases:389
Top 2010 indie film: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $27.7 million
Top 2011 indie pickups:
“Romantics Anonymous,” Emon-Savor
“Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia,” TriPictures
“Melancholia,” Golem Distribucion
“The Tall Man,” DeAPlaneta
“Jane Eyre,” A Contracorriente Films
“The War of the Buttons,” Alta Classics
(Source: ICAA Film Institute)