|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: N1 European Film; FOX; UK Film Council|
|Domestic Gross: $7,660,806||Domestic Distributor: FOX|
|Overseas Gross: $3,900,000|
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Produced by: Michael Kuhn
The Order was co-financed for $35 million by N1 European Film, which was former Polygram Filmed Entertainment president Michael Kuhn’s new company. N1 had a $200 million equity line bankrolled by Citbank and The Order was the first film they put into production. The project was originally being developed at FOX back in 1996 when writer/director Brian Helgeland sold his script to the studio for $1 million. The film was moving forward in 1999 with Antonio Banderas in the lead, but FOX put it into turnaround after the studio wanted to trim the mid $30 million budget and had disputes with Helgeland over casting Banderas’ co-stars. After the pic moved forward with N1, FOX signed on as distributor and contributed some capital to the production. The UK Film Council also contributed £250,000. Originally titled The Sin Eater, the Heath Ledger vehicle was pulled about two weeks before it was to be released on January 17, 2003 after poor special effects were deemed unintentionally hilarious and the vfx were moved from the London based Mill Film to the Santa Monica based Asylum — and the title was changed. The Order was then dated on September 5 and the studio did not screen the movie for critics and the pic was basically dumped by FOX. The Order opened in 1,975 theaters to a weak $4,438,899 — placing #6 for one of the slowest weekends, when Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star led the frame with only $6.6 million. Audiences slapped the film with a hateful D+ cinemascore and it collapsed at the box office, falling 74.3% the following weekend to $1,140,136. The Order was yanked out of most theaters going into its third weekend and quickly closed its run with $7,660,806. The Order saw a small release overseas, going straight to video in the majority of markets and pulled in $3,900,000 from its offshore run.