10 Sundance Hits That Became Flops

The Spitfire Grill

This 1996 Audience Award winner wasn’t exactly the kind of edgy fare that Sundance was (by then) known for; this tale of good-hearted folks overcoming nasty rumors in a small mountain town would be more at home these days on the Sundance Channel. So spit-takes erupted all over Hollywood when Castle Rock Entertainment shelled out an astonishing $10 million dollars to distribute the picture. When it opened the following fall, critics were less taken with the film, and the $12 million box office take, though respectable, wasn’t nearly enough to cover that big Sundance payday on top of distribution and advertising costs.