Man on Wire: Docu Is Smash Hit

Sep 3, 2008–Following a strong Labor Day weekend showing, James Marshs critically acclaimed MAN ON WIRE has sped past the $1.5 million dollar mark, making it one of the highest grossing documentaries of the year.

Now, as an added bonus for audiences in New York and Los Angeles, the Wagner/Cuban Companies Magnolia Pictures is adding a short film to the theatrical presentation: Michael Sporns The Man Who Walked Between The Towersan award-winning, animated adaptation of Mordicai Gersteins Caldecott Medal-winning childrens book. The 2005 short film is narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, and is an elegant adaptation of the childrens book that illustrates the planning and execution of Philippe Petits legendary wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Beginning on Friday, September 5, The Man Who Walked Between The Towers will follow all screenings of MAN ON WIRE at The Landmark in Los Angeles, and at Landmarks Sunshine Cinema in New York City.

The Man Who Walked Between The Towers is a treat for MAN ON WIRE audiences, said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. Its a lovely tribute to Philippes achievement that will be especially enjoyed by families that come to see the film.

MAN ON WIRE is the best reviewed film of the year, and currently the second best reviewed film of all time, according to the website RottenTomatoes.com (after TOY STORY 2). Now at $1.5 million and counting, MAN ON WIRE should continue to play well into the fall. The film opened in New York City on July 25, Los Angeles and the top 20 markets on August 8. Magnolia is confident that the film will continue to resonate with audiences as positive word of mouth continues to spread and additional screens are added as the film rolls out nationally this September.

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