|Budget: $74 million||Financed by: Paramount; Munich Film Partners New Century|
|Domestic Gross: $31,186,896||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $42,311,715|
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Produced by: Sean Bailey
Paramount financed The Core for $74 million and received some German coin from the tax shelter Munich Film Partners. Paramount originally planned on a November 1, 2002 release, but delayed the pic until March 28, 2003 to finish the vfx and add more CGI destruction. Paramount pulled the theatrical trailer after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, since it showed the shuttle in peril and re-edited it. A week before its release, the Iraq invasion began in full scale and grim 24-hour news cycles were the national attention. The high concept disaster film opened in the US in 3,017 theaters and came in below expectations with $12,053,131 — placing #3 for the slow weekend led by new opener Head Of State and Bringing Down The House in frame 4. The Core declined 48.7% in its second weekend to $6,181,635 and quickly disappeared with $31,186,896. Paramount did not find much success for The Core overseas, where it cumed $42,311,715 and $12.5 million of that number was from Japan through distributor Gaga. The worldwide total was a less than blockbuster $73.4 million, leaving Paramount with about $40 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving part of the worldwide P&A costs in the red and the budget at a loss.