The Wicker Man
|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Millennium Films; Equity Pictures; Emmett/Furla|
|Domestic Gross: $23,649,127||Domestic Distributor: Alcon Entertainment (through Warner Bros)|
|Overseas Gross: $15,105,946|
Directed by: Neil LaBute
Produced by: Randall Emmett
The Wicker Man was financed by Millennium Films (and they purchased the remake rights from Canal Plus), Equity Pictures and Emmett/Furla for $40 million and this Nic Cage vehicle has become something of a camp classic after its poor worldwide run. Alcon Entertainment acquired US distribution rights and covered P&A expenses through their long standing deal at Warner Bros and WB would receive a distribution fee. The Wicker Man was not screened for critics and opened over the slow Labor Day frame and was expected to pull in mid to high teens numbers over its 4-day holiday run. It was booked in 2,784 theaters and grossed a soft $9,610,204 ($11,740,235 4-day cume) — placing #3 for the weekend led by holdover Invincible and new opener Crank. The Wicker Man became one of 18 films to receive a F cinemascore from audiences. The film declined 57.7% in its second weekend to $4,062,271 and closed its run with $23,649,127. Alcon would see back about $12.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would fall far short of their P&A spend and unreported acquisition costs. Overseas, The Wicker Man pulled in a terrible $15.1 million across numerous distributors and Lionsgate saw the best results with a weak UK gross of $3,155,534. Sony dumped the film straight to video in Australia and Universal dumped it in France as well. After the film flopped in every market, little to no cash overages would flow back to the financiers.