|Budget: $52 million (estimated)||Financed by: Paramount|
|Domestic Gross: $26,850,426||Domestic Distributor: Paramount|
|Overseas Gross: $25,184,463|
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Produced by: Tom Cruise
Elizabethtown was originally going to be co-financed by Paramount and DreamWorks, but DreamWorks backed out in early development, leaving Paramount as the sole financier for the estimated $52 million Cameron Crowe film. Elizabethtown was a picture from Sherry Lansing’s previous administration at Paramount, which Brad Grey took over in January 2005. It was originally scheduled for a July 29 release, but was pushed back to October 14 as a potential awards contender and it would have a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was very poorly received at the festival and Crowe trimmed 20 minutes of the film and the final cut was still poorly received by critics. Paramount opened Elizabethtown in the US in 2,517 theaters where it was expected to place first at the box office for the weekend, but came in with a weak $10,618,711 — placing #3 for the weekend led by The Fog remake. The flop Domino also bowed that weekend. The film did not have the strong legs it needed to break out and declined 47.1% the following weekend to $5,621,009 and fell 57.6% in its third frame to $2,382,813. Elizabethtown closed its run with a poor $26,850,426. The film was released overseas through UIP (joint distribution between Paramount and Universal) and pulled in poor numbers in almost every market. Elizabethtown grossed a poor $2.8 million in the UK, $2.1 million in Australia, tanked in France with $1.3 million and Japan posted the highest gross at $4 million. The overseas cume was $25,184,463. The worldwide total came to $52 million, returning about $28.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave much of the worldwide P&A costs in the red, as well as the budget. Domestic home video sales were $15.9 million.