Roadside Attractions landed atop the heap of exclusively specialty distribution outfits at the box office this year

Roadside Attractions landed atop the heap of exclusively specialty distribution outfits at the box office this year

There were close to a thousand limited-release titles that opened in 2016 in North America. Assessing the specialty box office is not as tidy as with the studios. The area requires some subjectivity given when factoring in cast, release strategy and any other number of factors. From well north of 100 distributors, specialties — for the purpose of this article, titles that opened in limited release and spent most of their theatrical rollouts outside of wide release — grossed less than $550M in 2016, according to figures provided by comScore, which provided numbers for all titles assessed in this article.

‘Roadside Attractions to release Doug Liman’s THE WALL with Amazon Studios’

‘Roadside Attractions to release Doug Liman’s THE WALL with Amazon Studios’

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are partnering to distribute Doug Liman’s psychological thriller The Wall for release March 10. That puts it on the same date as Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island.

Manchester By The Sea’ Leads SAG with 4 nominations

Manchester By The Sea’ Leads SAG with 4 nominations

Manchester By the Sea is making a splash in the awards race. Kenneth Lonergan's critical darling steamed ahead Wednesday, leading the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including outstanding performance by a movie cast, actor (Casey Affleck), supporting actor (Lucas Hedges) and supporting actress (Michelle Williams). The devastating family drama — which also earned four Golden Globe nominations Monday — follows an anguished handyman (Affleck) who returns home to take care of his nephew (Hedges) after his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies.

Toronto: Roadside Attractions Gets ‘Lady Macbeth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Toronto: Roadside Attractions Gets ‘Lady Macbeth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The movie, directed by London stage veteran William Oldroyd, isn’t based on the famous Shakespeare character but is an adaptation of Russian writer Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.” Florence Pugh (“The Falling”) plays the title character: a 19th century young bride sold into marriage to a middle-aged man.

Roadside Attractions Nabs Stalin-Era Romance 'Bitter Harvest' for U.S.

Roadside Attractions Nabs Stalin-Era Romance 'Bitter Harvest' for U.S.

George Mendeluk directed the feature, which stars Max Irons and Samantha Barks. The Stalin-era romance Bitter Harvest has been nabbed by Roadside Attractions for the U.S. George Mendeluk directed the feature, which stars Max Irons and Samantha Barks as young lovers in the 1930s during the Holodomor, Joseph Stalin's intentional starvation of the Ukrainian population. Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover.

Roadside Attractions Nabs Whitney Houston Doc for the U.S.

Roadside Attractions Nabs Whitney Houston Doc for the U.S.

Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions for the domestic theatrical release of the the doc from director Kevin Macdonald. Miramax has acquired U.S. rights to Kevin Macdonald's forthcoming documentary Whitney, which centers on the life and career of Whitney Houston. Miramax, which also acquired distribution rights for Latin America and China, will partner with Roadside Attractions for the domestic theatrical release of the doc. WME Global negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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