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Last year's Sundance Film Festival -- like the year before it -- saw a remarkable amount of deals go down that made clear the sales drought of the end of the last decade had come to an end.  Over 40 films were picked up for release, and most of them made their way to theaters in the past year. And while there certainly were some very notable hits in films like "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Arbitrage," "Searching For Sugar Man" and "Sleepwalk With Me," it wasn't a wholly impressive situation. Read More: Sundance 2013: The Complete Buyers Guide The 2012 crop has seen only three films gross over $6 million ("Beasts," "Abritrage" and "The Words" -- the latter of which is actually the highest grossing film picked up out of last year's fest despite the fact that few seem to remember it). That's on par with 2011's slate (which was deemed a disappointing crop, »

- Peter Knegt

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