Cash flow ebbs for indie films

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Independent filmmakers thought they went through a box-office revolution in 1994, when "Pulp Fiction" made $107.9 million domestically and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" collected $52.7 million.

But this year, the indie spirit is flagging, at least moneywise. According to Variety, only two "specialized" films -- which it defines as never playing in more than 500 theaters at a time -- made more than $8 million between June 28, 1995, and July 7, 1996. The top 10:

1. "The Postman": $20.8 million

2. "The Brothers McMullen": $10.2 million

3. "Kids": $7.4 million

4. "Mighty Aphrodite": $6.5 million

5. "Persuasion": $5.6 million

6. "Jane Eyre": $5.1 million

7. "Four Rooms": $4.3 million

8. "Belle de Jour": $4.08 million

9. "Across the Sea of Time": $4.07 million

10. "Restoration": $4 million

Pub Date: 8/06/96

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