Sundance: 2009 Box Office Scorecard | Buzz Blog
We need your help.

Newspapers and media companies nationwide are closing or suffering mass layoffs since the coronavirus impacted all of us starting in March. City Weekly's entire existence is directly tied to people getting together in groups--in clubs, restaurants, and at concerts and events--which are the industries most affected by new coronavirus regulations.

Our industry is not healthy. Yet, City Weekly has continued publishing thanks to the generosity of readers like you. Utah needs independent journalism more than ever, and we're asking for your continued support of our editorial voice. We are fighting for you and all the people and businesses hardest hit by this pandemic.

You can help by making a one-time or recurring donation on, which directs you to our Galena Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit, a resource dedicated to help fund local journalism. It is never too late. It is never too little. Thank you. DONATE

Sundance: 2009 Box Office Scorecard



With Sundance 2010 just about to kick off, it's time to tie a bow around the 2009 festival -- and that means judging it by how last year's festival films did at the box office. ---

IndieWire provided this roundup of how 2009's Sundance competition slate performed in theaters, unintentionally emphasizing the bleak state of things in the art-house marketplace. While Precious (pictured) became a breakout hit, and An Education thrived, other independent films in general vanished quickly from theaters. And while it's wonderful to think of an institution like Sundance existing in a bubble where art is all that matters, any movie-lover should want the talented filmmakers and intriguing films it showcases to see the light of day outside its high-altitude confines. Box-office performance may be only tangentially related to quality across the board in the film world, but it would be wonderful if the risky proposition of championing a small, possibly challenging film were paying off more often for distributors.