A Year of Surprisingly Small Deals at Sundance

Zach Braff and Kate Hudson with the cast of "Wish I Was Here" at this year's Sundacnce Film Festival in Park City, Utah Photograph by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

At the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Little Miss Sunshine received a standing ovation after its very first screening. Better yet for producer Marc Turtletaub, who’d been turned down by nearly every major studio and ended up making the movie on his own, the film inspired an intense bidding war that ended when Fox Searchlight paid an unprecedented $10.5 million for distribution rights. Little Miss Sunshine went on to be a huge mainstream hit, earning more than $100 million at the box office and snagging several Academy Awards. The question buzzing at every Sundance since—and apparently on Buzzfeed lists—is: “Which film will be this year’s Little Miss Sunshine?” In 2007 it was the forgettable Son of Rambow ($8 million), and last year it was The Way, Way Back ($9.75 million).

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