|Budget: $107 million||Financed by: Disney|
|Domestic Gross: $22,414,961||Domestic Distributor: Disney|
|Overseas Gross: $3,405,000|
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Billy Bob Thornton
Produced by: Ron Howard
The Alamo was originally set up between Disney, producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe, but Disney’s Michael Eisner would not come to terms with a $125 million budget and $30 million of the costs going to the three men, in addition to 25% of the gross. Disney instead hired John Lee Hancock as director and set the budget around $75 million, which soon swelled to $107 million and after US distributions costs, The Alamo cost Disney $140 million, according to financial investor reports. The film was to be a prestige 2003 Christmas release and Oscar contender, but was pushed back as Disney claimed it was not ready and slated the film for an Easter release. The Alamo opened a week after Disney’s animated Home On The Range flopped (the toon ended in a $70 million write-down) and it was booked in 2,609 theaters and pulled in a disastrous $9,124,701 — placing #4 for the weekend led by The Passion Of The Christ in its 7th week and Hellboy in its 2nd. The Alamo showed terrible legs at the box office dropping 54.6% in its second weekend to $4,138,571 and saw a 50.9% third weekend drop to $2,033,127. It closed its run as one of the biggest money losers of all time with $22,414,961 leaving Disney with about $12.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. Disney dumped the expensive film overseas in a small release in only a few countries to just $3,405,000 and sent The Alamo straight to video in almost every market. The Alamo ended as an $80 million write-off for Disney.