‘The Details’
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Sundance Festival: How last year’s films fared

‘The Details’
Tobey Maguire plays a doctor in an unhappy marriage whose life takes a turn for the absurd when his wife (Elizabeth Banks) discovers pesky raccoons in their backyard. The events that follow, including two acts of marital infidelity, veer between melodrama and black comedy and were described by writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes as an impulsive writing exercise. He says he’s “forgotten” his reasoning for certain decisions he made with the movie and the Weinstein Co. seems to have “forgotten” it acquired the movie.
Buyer: The Weinstein Co.
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $7 million-$8 million
Theatrical box office: Not yet released (Sundance Film Festival)
‘Like Crazy’
Third-time filmmaker Drake Doremus, who has had all his films play at either Sundance or Slamdance, went for a change of pace from his straight comedies of “Spooner” and “Douchebag” with this touching romantic tale of two young lovers dealing with a continent-spanning relationship. The film, starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, had the biggest budget of any of Doremus’ films to date, but it failed to reach even $4 million at the box office.
Buyer: Paramount/Indian Paintbrush
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $4 million-$5 million
Theatrical box office: $3.4 million (Sundance Film Festival)
‘Our Idiot Brother’
Director Jesse Peretz had a hard time with his career after his feature debut, “The Ex,” bombed at the box office in 2006. The director admitted to The Times that he wasn’t crazy how the finished film, released by Harvey Weinstein, turned out. So it was surprising that Peretz would trust his movie -- starring Paul Rudd as the slacker brother to three Type A sisters -- to Weinstein again.
Buyer: The Weinstein Co.
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $6 million-$7 million
Theatrical box office: $24.8 million (The Weinstein Co.)
‘Siilent House’
The husband-and-wife filmmaking team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau followed up their well-regarded shark-in-the-water movie “Open Water” with this low-budget horror movie starring current indie “It” girl Elizabeth Olsen. The film, a remake of a Spanish-language film, follows the horrors a girl experiences in a boarded-up old house and is notable for playing out in real time in what appears to be a single shot. It will be released on March 9.
Buyer: Liddell Entertainment
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $3 million
Theatrical box office: Not yet released ()
‘The Art of Getting By’
A title change from the duller ‘Homework’ was not enough to save the box office performance of this female-targeted drama about a young girl (Emma Roberts) who befriends a lonely, depressed guy, (Freddie Highmore).
Buyer: Fox Searchlight
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $2 million-$3 million
Theatrical box office: $1.4 million (Mark Schafer)
‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’
Indie “It” girl Elizabeth Olsen’s other big Sundance flick was this dramatic thriller about a young woman struggling to reconnect with her family after an extended period as a cult member. Olsen’s performance here got the young actress tons of press and allowed her to step out from the long shadow cast by her sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Buyer: Fox Searchlight
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $1 million-$2 million
Theatrical box office: $2.9 (Jody Lee Lipes / Fox Searchlight)
‘The Ledge’
Despite jumping on the “guy on a ledge” trend way before this year’s “Man on a Ledge,” this thriller starring Patrick Wilson, above, Charlie Hunnum, Terrence Howard and Liv Tyler was acquired for the relatively bargain price of $1 million, but grossed less than $10,000 in theaters.
Buyer: IFC
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $1 million
Theatrical box office: $9,000 ()
‘Margin Call’
Although it received mixed reviews when it premiered at Sundance, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s Wall Street thriller -- based on the opening days of the financial meltdown -- touched a nerve when it was released in the fall, garnering some early award season buzz.
Buyer: Lionsgate/Roadside
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $1 million
Theatrical box office: $5.3 million (Roadside Attractions)
‘The Guard’
The Irish comedy starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle opened last year’s Sundance Film Festival and was met with a room full of buyers fresh to the fest and looking for acquisitions. The film, about a gruff Irish cop and an uptight FBI agent investigating an international drug smuggling ring, got great reviews and grossed over $17 million worldwide.
Buyer: Sony Pictures Classics
Estimated sale price (not including marketing): $1 million
Theatrical box office:$5.3 million (Jonathan Hession / Sony Pictures Classics)
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