The Brothers Grimm
|Budget: $88 million||Financed by: Miramax; MGM|
|Domestic Gross: $37,916,267||Domestic Distributor: Miramax (Dimension)|
|Overseas Gross: $67,400,000|
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Produced by: Charles Roven
The Brothers Grimm was a troubled production that suffered from the endless conflicts between director Terry Gilliam and producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The film was originally budgeted at $75 million, which was the biggest budget Dimension had greenlit. The price-tag soared to $88 million and had a prolonged post production from more bickering between filmmakers and producers that lasted so long, Gilliam went off and completed filming on Tideland before locking a cut on The Brothers Grimm. During production, the costs and worldwide distribution were to be split between Miramax’s Dimension label and MGM, but during the long post production, MGM pulled out of the project and kept only a small equity investment in the film, but was still a first-dollar gross participant. To help limit their exposure to the large budget, Miramax sold off international rights to distributors at Cannes in 2004, which covered $40 million. The Brothers Grimm moved around the release calendar in the US before being released during the Miramax deluge of films being thrown into release that were sitting in their vault, when the Weinsteins announced their split with parent company Disney. Despite the last minute release before the Weinsteins left, they did strongly back the pic with $30 million in P&A expenses. The Brothers Grimm opened in 3,087 theaters and came in slightly above its low expectations with $15,092,079 — placing #2 over the slow end of summer weekend led by holdover The 40-Year-Old Virgin. The flops The Cave and Undiscovered also bowed. Audiences awarded the film with a terrible C cinemascore and The Brothers Grimm showed weak legs and fell 52.3% in its second weekend to $7,195,019 and declined 53.5% in its third weekend to $3,343,644. The film ended its US run with $37,916,267 returning about $20.8 million to Miramax after theaters take their percentage of the gross, plus the undisclosed first dollar points awarded to MGM. Overseas, the film played to mostly mediocre numbers, with Disney releasing in the UK to a weak $4.2 million and Metropolitan distributed in France to a decent enough $9.8 million, which posted the highest number overseas — which cumed $67,400,000 across numerous distributors.