|Budget: $50 million||Financed by: Intermedia Films|
|Domestic Gross: $26,793,311||Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)|
|Overseas Gross: $15,999,250|
Directed by: John McTiernan
Samuel L. Jackson
Produced by: Mike Medavoy
Basic was fully financed by German based Intermedia Films for $50 million and Sony acquired US distribution rights before the film was completed. Basic opened to poor reviews, though in comparison to director John McTiernan’s previous film Rollerball, the reviews were just bad not hateful. Sony booked the film in 2,876 theaters, against Head Of State and The Core, where it placed #4 for the weekend with $11,511,960. Basic had weak legs at the box office and fell 53.3% the next weekend to $5,375,721 and declined a huge 60.9% the third weekend to $2,103,440 and closed with $26,793,311. Sony would see back about $14.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A expenses and no overages would flow back to Intermedia. Despite being financed with German money, Basic was dumped in Germany, grossing $404,707 for distributor Constantin. The film posted awful numbers in every market, pulling in a total of $15,999,250 across numerous distributors. This was John McTiernan’s final film, before his career and personal life were derailed from his involvement in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal.