|Budget: $52 million||Financed by: Millennium/Nu Image; Emmet/Furla; Equity Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $36,895,141||Domestic Distributor: Alcon (through Warner Bros)|
|Overseas Gross: $28,769,580|
Directed by: Richard Donner
Produced by: Randall Emmett
16 Blocks cost $52 million and was financed by Millennium/Nu Image and Emmet/Furla and some capital from the German tax shelter fund Equity Pictures. 16 Blocks was pre-sold worldwide which would limit their exposure to the budget. Alcon purchased distribution rights in the US with some addition coin provided by Equity Pictures and 16 Blocks was released through Alcon’s output deal with Warner Bros — who would receive a fee for use of its distribution channel. In an interview with The Digital Bits, director Richard Donner said of “the stupidity of how 16 Blocks was handled by Alcon and Warner Bros. I’m serious, they took 16 Blocks and put me out on a Friday against Dave Chappelle (Block Party) and the star of Dave Chappelle’s show was Mos Def. Who was the co-star of mine! They put us out on the same Friday night and that Sunday was the Academy Awards.” Alcon/WB opened 16 Blocks in the US in 2,706 theaters and it was tracking for a high teens opening, but it came in below expectations with $11,855,260 — placing #2 for the weekend led by holdover Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion. The film saw a modest 37.5% second weekend decline to $7,411,016 and another soft drop in its third weekend to $4,755,012 but it closed with a disappointing $36,895,141. Alcon would see back about $20.2 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, plus a fee to WB, which would not cover the domestic P&A spend. Overseas, the film pulled in terrible numbers from every territory and grossed $28.7 million across numerous distributors. WB saw the highest overseas numbers in the UK where they opened the film wide in 301 theaters to a soft $1,421,498 and it closed with a weak $4,251,554. Domestic home video sales were an ok $20.1 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).