Lord Of War
|Budget: $50 million||Financed by: Ascendant Pictures; VIP 3; Endgame Entertainment; Philippe Rousselet|
|Domestic Gross: $24,149,632||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate|
|Overseas Gross: $48,467,436|
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Produced by: Philippe Rousselet
After all the major studios passed on the project, French producer Philippe Rousselet secured the $50 million in financing for Lord Of War through $30 million in pre-sales by Arclight Entertainment. The remaining capital was from the German tax shelter fund VIP 3, Ascendant Pictures, Endgame Entertainment and some of Rousselet’s own money. After production wrapped, Lionsgate acquired US rights for $10 million and opened Lord of War in 2,814 theaters trying to court male auds against the femme skewing Just Like Heaven. The pic came in below expectations with a disappointing $9,390,144 — placing #3 for the slow weekend led by Just Like Heaven and the holdover The Exorcism of Emily Rose. It did not have the strong legs it needed to stay alive at the box office, as it declined 46.4% in its second frame to $5,034,906 and had a 51.1% drop in its third weekend to $2,462,153. The film closed its run with $24,149,632 which would return about $13.2 million to Lionsgate after theaters take their percentage of the gross. In an investor relations report, Lionsgate posted a $26 million loss for Lord Of War and The Devil’s Rejects because of the expensive P&A spend attributed to mainly Lord Of War. The film did mostly soft numbers overseas for the numerous distributors who plunked down the $30 million in pre-sales and SND saw the highest return from France with $8,318,438. Lord Of War grossed a total of $48,467,436 across many distributors. One month after this opened, another Nicolas Cage movie, The Weather Man crashed and burned at the box office.