The Human Stain
|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: Lakeshore Entertainment; Cinerenta|
|Domestic Gross: $5,381,908||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $19,481,896|
Directed by: Robert Benton
Produced by: Tom Rosenberg
Lakeshore Entertainment financed the $30 million big screen adaptation of The Human Stain and received some capital from German based Cinerenta, who tapped into the now defunct German tax shelter fund. Before production began, Miramax signed on as US distributor and Lakeshore sold off overseas rights to numerous distributors, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. Miramax originally dated The Human Stain for a limited September 26 release, where it would add markets over the course of a month, but then bumped the film back until October 31 as an awards hopeful, where it would bow in about 800 locations. Miramax kept the Halloween date, but decided to platform the release, opening it in 160 theaters. The Human Stain received a mixed response from critics and the film would prove to be a hard sell. It pulled in $1,034,195 with a $6,463 per screen average for its first frame and expanded to 187 theaters the following weekend to diminishing returns with $762,379 and continued to struggle while expanding and the film never played in more than 388 theaters. The North American gross stalled at $5,381,908. Miramax’s parent company Disney dumped the movie in the UK in 94 theaters to all of $134,053 and Italy posted the majority of the overseas total with $6 million. The overseas gross was $19,481,896 across numerous distributors.