Independent Film & Television Alliance Announces Worldwide Box Office Grosses for Top-50 Independent Films of 2010

More than One-Third are Non-English Language Titles

Los Angeles
Friday, February 25, 2011

The Independent Film & Television Alliance today announced the worldwide box office grosses for the top-50 Independent films of 2010.
Non-English language films comprised more than one-third of the total globally, according to IFTA’s first annual compilation (list attached).  Films from Japan led the non-English titles with nine out of 13.
Japan’s three top earners collectively grossed nearly $300 million and all of them were among the top-20. French films secured two places on the Top-50 list, followed by Italy and Brazil with one each.
Meanwhile, Twilight Saga: Eclipse topped the list, grossing $698.5 million worldwide. Thirty-seven English-language titles made the list overall.
“The talent and imagination of the independent film industry is evident throughout the world,” IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt said.
Among non-English films, Japan secured the No. 9 position with Karigurashi No Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty), which grossed$114.1 million. It also scored with two other top worldwide performers:UMIZARU: THE LAST MESSAGE,with $95.5 million at No. 12, and ODORU DAISOSASEN 3 (BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN 3), grossing $83.2 million to place No. 15.
Brazil’s Portuguese-language Tropa De Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) finished 25thwith $61.5 million. France’s highest-ranked entry was LE PETITS MOUCHOIRS (LITTLE WHITE LIES)in 34thplace at $47.3 million. Italy’s BENVENUTI AL SUDlanded at No. 43 with $41.5 million.
IFTA compiled the top-50 list based on data from Rentrak Box Office Essentials.

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About The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 150 member companies from 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.
Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI Fest, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.
As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit www.ifta- online.org.
 
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