|Budget: $37 million||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $12,512,886||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $2,142,742|
Directed by: Joe Roth
Samuel L. Jackson
Produced by: Scott Rudin
Financed by Revolution Studios for $37 million, Freedomland was directed by the head of Revolution Joe Roth. Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs and Sony distributed worldwide. Sony/Revolution originally slated a limited December 23, 2005 award qualifying run, before going wide in January, but scrapped those plans and pushed it to February 17. Before Freedomland’s release, Revolution Studios stopped all development on all projects after a string of flops, as its contract with Sony would expire in 2007 and it was unknown if it would be renewed. The company shuttered in 2007. Sony opened the film in the US in 2,361 theaters over the President’s Day frame and the adult targeting Freedomland received poor reviews and opened with little buzz to $5,833,562 — placing #7 for the weekend led by new openers Eight Below and the moronic spoof Date Movie. Audiences gave Freedomland a terrible C+ cinemascore and the film declined 50.8% in its second weekend to $2,872,215 and tumbled 79.5% in its third weekend to $588,112 and was pulled from release after only four weeks with $12,512,886. Sony would see back about $6.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving most of the prints and advertising spend in the red and the budget at a loss for Revolution. Sony gave the film a small release overseas to a $2.1 million cume and sent it straight to video in most markets. Domestic home video sales pulled in $7.6 million.