AT CLOSE RANGE (1986) — Hemdale financed At Close Range for $6.5 million and Orion handled domestic distribution for the Sean Penn and Christopher Walken starrer. Despite favorable reviews and Madonna’s chart topping song Live to Tell, Orion opened the film in only 39 theaters to a soft $180,286 and even put the film out the same day as another one of their releases, Absolute Beginners — the British mega flop. At Close Range never expanded beyond 83 theaters and closed with only $2,347,000.
THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE (2003) — Originally setup with George Clooney in the lead who left over creative disputes, Kevin Spacey took the role and the German based Intermedia co-financed The Life Of David Gale with Universal for $38m. Universal opened the film in the US in 2,002 theaters and The Life Of David Gale was savaged by critics and opened to a weak $7,117,225. Audiences gave the film a positive A- cinemascore and it declined a modest 36.2% in its second weekend to $4,537,395 but the film dropped 53.2% to $2,124,235 in its third frame, killing its chances at breaking out. The Life Of David Gale closed its domestic run with $19,955,598. Universal released the film in most territories overseas and distributed it in the UK through UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) and The Life Of David Gale grossed soft $4,016,065 which posted the highest number from its worldwide rollout. The film was a dud in Australia, pulling in $654,583 and made just $1.8m in Germany. The overseas total was $19m. Veteran director Alan Parker has not directed another picture after The Life Of David Gale.