The Good German
|Budget: $32 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Virtual Studios|
|Domestic Gross: $1,308,696||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $4,606,212|
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Produced by: Gregory Jacobs
The Good German was financed for $32 million by Warner Bros and Virtual Studios — which was a hedge fund that infused $528 million into 6 Warner Bros productions. The Good German is the second WB/Virtual film to flop in 2006, the other was the box office disaster Poseidon. This high profile, black and white film with an all-star cast, was too difficult a sell to mainstream audiences and the mixed to poor critical reception made it a difficult sell to art house audiences. Warner Bros opened The Good German in the US in 5 theaters on December 15 in a crowded end of the year market and it pulled in $76,817 with a soft $15,363 per screen average. The film expanded to 19 theaters in its second weekend to $95,539 with a troubling $5,028 per screen average and the film never expanded beyond 66 theaters and grossed a poor $1,308,696 total. Warner Bros turned down the opportunity to have European distribution and financing partners, expecting the film to play well overseas, but it was met with a cold reception. WB opened The Good German in the UK in 50 theaters to a weak $150,809 with a $3,016 per screen average and it declined 55.7% in its second weekend to $66,860 and closed with $633,799. The Good German was dumped in limited release in most markets and Spain returned the highest numbers with just $1,351,208 and the overseas total was a mere $4.6 million. After the terrible rollout, the film opened months later in Russia and some smaller markets, where WB sent it straight to video.