|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Morgan Creek|
|Domestic Gross: $13,342,790||Domestic Distributor: Morgan Creek (through Warner Bros)|
|Overseas Gross: $336,123|
Directed by: Les Mayfield
Produced by: James G. Robinson
American Outlaws was financed by Morgan Creek and the company which had been based at Warner Bros since 1992, paid for domestic P&A through WB’s distribution arm. In 2000, Morgan Creek added $200 million in credit from multiple banks led by Chase Manhattan, which would mostly go toward P&A expenses for their upcoming pictures. Morgan Creek was hoping to tap into their success of Young Guns (1988) with this $35 million western and its up and coming cast top lined by Colin Farrell and Scott Caan. It was first dated for May 18, but it was moved to April 11 to keep it away from the long delayed Miramax western Texas Rangers, also aimed at similar auds, which was moving all over the calendar.
American Outlaws was dated again for August 17 and would open against Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Rate Race. It was booked into 2,348 theaters and received awful reviews and was dead on arrival with $4,855,475 — placing #8 for the weekend led by American Pie 2 in its second frame. The film sank 58.3% to $2,026,733 the following weekend and promptly lost most of its theater count. American Outlaws flopped out of theaters with $13,342,790. Morgan Creek would see back about $7.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than their P&A spend — plus their fee to WB for use of their distribution resources.
The western theme had no appeal overseas and the film was dumped straight to video in almost every market. It cumed a mere $336,123 from a few territories and the majority of that number was from Russia with $254,019.