In one of the worst stumbles of the year, How Do You Know opened to a dismal $7.5 million to come in No. 8 for the weekend. The romantic comedy is a certain loss for Sony after an otherwise strong year for the studio. That’s because the film cost a pricey $100 million to make, including tax rebates. Analysis: How films are doing in the box office now.
Jonah Hex: Trailer
Co-financed by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, this big screen D.C. Comics adaptation cost upwards of $40 million to make, but went nowhere in its high-profile summer slot. Film grossed just $10.5 million domestically and less than 500K overseas for a total $10.9 million. Warners canceled plans for a major overseas rollout after the film’s poor domestic showing.
The Losers: Trailer
Financed by Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment and based on the Vertigo comic book series, the action picture cost upwards of $25 million to make (not including marketing costs), but grossed just $29.4 million worldwide. Poorly reviewed, the film was particularly soft overseas, where it grossed $5.8 million. Domestic tally was $23.6 million. The Warner Bros.-distributed film made up some ground in DVD sales.
Relativity Media’s Rogue Pictures might have been wise to let this feature adaptation of a Saturday Night Live sketch stay a small screen sketch. Distributed by Universal, the film failed to win over audiences and drew scathing reviews. Picture, which cost $10 million to make before marketing costs, grossed $8.5 million domestically and only 797k overseas for a total $9.3 million. reviews.
Save for Avatar, Fox had a tough year at the box office. Marmaduke, co-financed by New Regency, was a financial loss for the studio, topping out at $83.3 million worldwide. The summer family film cost at least $50 million to make—some put the figure higher—and had a big marketing spend. The CG/live-action hybrid did slightly better overseas, grossing $49.7 million, compared to only $33.6 million domestically.
Repo Men: Trailer
The Universal film eked out a worldwide gross of just $18.4 million, well short of its $32 million budget. The sci-fi action picture isn’t to be confused with Repo Man the film or Repo! The Genetic Opera. Repo Men earned $13.8 million domestically and $4.6 million overseas.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: Trailer
Universal had high hopes for Scott Pilgrim, giving the youth-oriented comedy a high-profile summer release. Film’s production budget was pegged at $60 million, yet it grossed only $47.4 million worldwide. Domestically, the movie grossed $31.5 million. Overseas, it earned $15.8 million.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Trailer
Intended to be a major summer tentpole for Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, Sorcerer’s Apprentice cost a pricey $150 million to make, plus a big marketing spend. Film didn’t even clear $100 million in the U.S., grossing $63.2 million. Overseas, it did far better, grossing $152 million, but that still wasn’t enough to put the movie in the black.
The Tourist: Trailer
In a rare misfire for Graham King’s GK Films, The Tourist got off to a disappointing start, considering the star power of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. In its first 10 days, the picture grossed $53.1 million worldwide after soft launches in the U.S. and U.K. The thriller cost $100 million to produce, so will need incredibly strong legs to make its money back. GK Films contends the film will ultimately gross $200 million worldwide and be fine. Sony is distributing in the U.S.
The Wolfman: Trailer
A remake of the classic 1941 horror picture, Universal’s The Wolfman couldn’t scare up enough business to break even. Film, which Universal cost $110 to make, finally opened Feb. 12 after being delayed because of reshoots. But the results were lackluster. Movie grossed $62 million domestically and $77.8 million internationally for a total $143 million.
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