A Good Year
|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: FOX|
|Domestic Gross: $7,459,300||Domestic Distributor: FOX 2000|
|Overseas Gross: $34,604,805|
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: Ridley Scott
Financed by FOX through their Fox 2000 label for $35 million, this Ridley Scott directed, Russell Crowe vehicle was labeled a ‘flop’ by none other than the head of FOX, Rupert Murdoch, who estimated the film would lose the company over $20 million. A Good Year was tracking very soft up to its release and not helping was the off screen phone throwing assault antics of Crowe and it was expected to pull in an opening near $10 million. The film saw competition from new opener Stranger Than Fiction and Babel was expanding into wide release and also the surprise success of FOX’s Borat a week earlier in only 837 theaters was expanding to over 2,000 locations. A Good Year was booked in 2,066 theaters and was stillborn with a terrible $3,721,526 — placing #10 for the weekend led by Borat. The film sank 56.9% in its second frame to $1,602,385 and promptly lost most of its theater count. It closed its run with only $7,459,300. FOX distributed overseas to awful numbers in most markets, with the exception of a decent enough $7,205,533 gross from Italy. A Good Year opened wide in the UK to just $715,298 and closed with $1,896,979 and made a weak $2,573,187 in Australia. The overseas cume was $34.6 million and the worldwide total was $42 million — leaving FOX with about $23.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover the worldwide prints and advertising costs or any of the budget. Domestic home video sales were better than the theatrical receipts at $15.2 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).