Tears Of The Sun
|Budget: $100.5 million||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $43,734,876||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $42,733,286|
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Produced by: Joe Roth
Revolution Studios head Joe Roth told the Wall Street Journal that releasing the huge 2003 flops ‘Gigli‘ ‘Hollywood Homicide‘ and ‘Tears of the Sun,’ was “humiliating.” Revolution Studios financed this Bruce Willis vehicle for what was originally listed as a $75 million budget, but when Revolution Studios shuttered and their library was up for sale, the actual budget was listed as $100.5 million. Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs. The production was troubled with a stuntman killed from a parachuting accident and tension between Bruce Willis and director Antoine Fuqua. In an interview with the BBC, Fuqua was quoted: “Bruce Willis. Pain in my ass, no problem about that. We just didn’t get along. We got along off camera, but shooting we just didn’t get along.” Sony distributed Tears Of The Sun, as per their output agreement with Revolution. Sony opened the pic in 2,973 theaters with a decent enough start at $17,057,213 — placing #2 for the weekend led by new opener Bringing Down The House. Sony expected the film to have enough legs to reach $60 million domestic, but Tears Of The Sun fell 49% to $8,705,853 the following weekend when the action flop The Hunted opened and ate into Tears’ audience. Tears Of The Sun closed its run with a disappointing $43,734,876 leaving Sony with about $24 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — less than their P&A costs and leaving no cash overages to flow back to Revolution. The film did poor business overseas, grossing a terrible $1.3 million in the UK and Japan posted the highest number with $7.9 million. The overseas total was $42,733,286. Revolution took a $20 million loss on the picture.