|Budget: $65 million||Financed by: Paramount; Lakeshore Entertainment|
|Domestic Gross: $25,874,337||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $26,429,664|
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Produced by: Tom Rosenberg
Æon Flux was co-financed by Paramount and Lakeshore Entertainment for $65 million and the film fell victim to three administration changes at Paramount. Former Paramount studio head Sherry Lansing greenlit the film to be the studio’s answer to Blade Runner and after she was replaced, the newly appointed production chief Gail Berman saw the film closer to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After the studio removed director Karyn Kusama during post production, the film was sliced and diced, removing over 25 minutes and rendering the final result mostly incoherent, which prompted Paramount to not screen the film for critics. Æon Flux opened in the US in 2,608 theaters and came in on the lower end of expectations with $12,661,112. It placed #2 for the weekend led by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in its third frame. The following weekend marked the beginning of the end of the year blockbuster tentpoles being released, which kicked off with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Æon Flux sank 64% to $4,561,619. King Kong opened the week after and it saw a 61.6% third frame drop to $1,751,220 and closed its run with $25,874,337. UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) released Æon Flux overseas to poor numbers in most markets. The film bombed in the UK with $1.9 million and it grossed just $1.7 million in Australia. The film was dumped in France to all of $232,946 and Japan posted the highest ticket sales at $5.3 million and the overseas cume was $26,429,664. The worldwide total was $52.3 million, which would leave about $28.7 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of the worldwide P&A costs and leave the budget in the red. Domestic home video sales were $21.9 million.