|Budget: $35 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; New Regency|
|Domestic Gross: $10,144,010||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $5,834,412|
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Produced by: Arnon Milchan
The Fountain was originally going to go into production in 2002 staring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, with a $75 million budget backed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow. Creative differences between Brad Pitt and director Darren Aronofsky and budget disputes led to the project falling apart. Two years later, The Fountain came back together with financing from Warner Bros and New Regency for a smaller $35 million budget — plus the two entities had to absorb an additional $18 million in pre-production expenses from the previous scrapped version of the film, including a seven figure pay or play deal to Blanchett. Warner Bros distributed the film in the US and opened it in 1,472 theaters over the crowded Thanksgiving frame — which also saw another Regency financed pic open Deck The Halls, though they were not competing for the same audience. The Fountain pulled in a poor $3,768,702 — placing #10 for the weekend led by holdovers Happy Feet and Casino Royale. Audiences gave The Fountain a toxic C- cinemascore and it declined 52.6% in its second weekend to $1,785,334 followed by a 71.9% fall in its third frame to $501,489 and closed its run with $10,144,010. WB would see back about $5.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of the P&A spend or any of the budget. After the film tanked in the US, the overseas rollout was spread out from late 2006 to mid 2007 and it was given a smaller release in most markets. FOX picked up numerous territories including a weak $312,380 in the UK and just $177,765 in Australia. France posted the strongest showings overseas with a soft $1,341,088 and the overseas cume was only $5.8 million. Domestic home video sales were $11 million.