21 Sundance hits that tanked at the box office


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Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

The charming dramedy starring a fresh-faced Hope Davis as an unlucky-in-love Boston nurse pleased crowds at the ’98 fest, and prompted Harvey Weinstein to pony up $6 million. Supposedly, Weinstein saw in writer-director Brad Anderson (who’d later make the polarizing Christian Bale flick The Machinist) an exciting new filmmaker to add to his posse of Tarantinos and Rodriguezes. Alas. The picture made $3.4 million. Weinstein never made another movie with Anderson. —MS


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The House of Yes (1997)

At the 1997 festival, Harvey Weinstein, at the time still the boss of Miramax, was so smitten with this black comedy about a disturbed young woman (Parker Posey) who thinks she’s Jackie Kennedy that he paid $2 million for the distribution rights. Posey (who was also in town supporting Clockwatchers) won special recognition for her performance. Audiences, however, responded to House of Yes with a resounding NO. The movie grossed $617,403 in theaters. —MS


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The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)

When Bart Freundlich’s first feature premiered in Park City, the New York Times dubbed it ”one of the more commercially viable films emerging from the competition this year.” Yet the assessment of EW’s own Lisa Schwarzbaum was more on the money: ”Myth is about four grown children who come home to work out their romantic problems and their parental issues during one Thanksgiving weekend. I’d describe it as the backstory to a Ralph Lauren ad: pretty people (ER‘s junior hunk Noah Wyle and Julianne Moore, among others) in pretty settings Woody Allen might admire, having tasteful crises.” Which, in box office terms, translated to a gross of $523,000. —MS


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