The Great Raid
|Budget: $80 million||Financed by: Miramax; Village Roadshow|
|Domestic Gross: $10,167,373||Domestic Distributor: Miramax|
|Overseas Gross: $601,938|
Directed by: John Dahl
Produced by: Lawrence Bender
The Great Raid was a victim of the Weinstein/Disney divorce and the film which was shot back in 2002, sat unreleased as the future of Miramax and the Weinsteins were being ironed out. Once terms were reached with the Weinsteins leaving Miramax, a slew of films that were sitting on the shelf were put into release. The Great Raid cost $80 million and was co-financed by Miramax and Village Roadshow. The long delayed film opened in the US in only 819 theaters and $20 million in P&A costs behind it and it pulled in $3,376,009 — placing #10 for the weekend led by new openers Four Brothers and The Skelton Key. Audiences gave The Great Raid a solid A cinemascore and the strong audience response had Harvey Weinstein tell the LA Times “I’m really disappointed in the opening weekend; however, it was only in 819 theaters and we plan on adding more screens. With exit surveys like this, my plan is to build that film.” It expanded to 920 theaters the following weekend with diminishing returns at $1,820,664 and the expensive film closed with just $10,167,373. Miramax would see back about $5.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross. The Great Raid was barely released theatrically overseas, where it pulled in an anemic $601,938 and went straight to video in almost every market.