Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: Miramax; JVS GmbH & Co. OHG|
|Domestic Gross: $16,007,718||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $17,006,087|
Directed by: George Clooney
Produced by: Andrew Lazar
After years of development and a revolving door of A-List directors and stars and numerous financiers and studios involved, Miramax took control of the project. Miramax financed Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind for estimates just north of $30 million and received some German tax shelter coin for the production from JVS GmbH & Co. OHG. Miramax’s exposure to the budget was also reduced from foreign pre-sales to distributors. Confessions opened in limited release and received decent reviews, but not strong enough to position it as an awards contender, which Miramax was grooming the pic into. The film opened in 4 theaters to $87,199 with a solid $21,799 per screen average and the pic added 1 screen the following weekend and dipped just 6.2%. Confessions remained in 5 theaters during its third weekend and expanded wide in its fourth frame, into 1,769 theaters. It struggled with $5,833,052 for the weekend — placing #8 for the frame led by Darkness Falls. Audiences gave the pic a poor C cinemascore. Miramax angered the guilds and the above line talent in the film Chicago, when Harvey Weinstein decided to preview Chicago on 950 screens playing Confessions — where audiences pay to see Confessions and stay to see Chicago for free. Chicago was already in release in just 616 theaters and had pulled in a strong $40 million and the previews took away profit from the talent who deferred their pay. Miramax claimed it wanted to get males and youth audiences from Confessions to spread word of mouth on Chicago, but it was assumed that the free ticket for Chicago was the selling point for the less appealing Confessions. The film declined 26.3% in its second week in wide release to $4,300,162 but collapsed 68.8% the next weekend to $1,343,778 and closed its run just under $16 million. In April 2003, Miramax announced it would re-release Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind in 1,000 theaters on August 1, with a revamped marketing approach. Instead, it played in 2 theaters on August 15 for three weeks, where it scraped up just enough cash to push its domestic cume to $16,007,718.
Overseas, the film did poor business in every market and grossed $17,006,087 across numerous distributors. Chuck Barris quickly penned a sequel to his book when the film went into production and Miramax also took sequel rights, but nothing materialized after this did poor box office.