Across The Universe
|Budget: $70.8 million||Financed by: Revolution Studios; Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $24,343,673||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $5,023,470|
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Evan Rachel Wood
Produced by: Jennifer Todd
Across The Universe was financed by Revolution Studios for a reported $45 million and years later when Joe Roth was selling the shuttered mini studio, the actual cost was listed in its financial reports as $70.8 million. Revolution’s financing slate agreement with Sony had Sony contribute 42.5% of the budget and 100% of the marketing costs. Over a year after filming completed, an editing battle between Joe Roth and director Julie Taymor erupted. Taymor delivered her cut and Roth found it unacceptable and re-edited the movie himself and she threatened to remove her name from the project. Taymor’s edit made it to release, with Sony distributing in the US and Across The Universe would roll out theatrically with a platform release and minimal marketing. The pic opened in 23 theaters to mixed reviews and the baggage that it was damaged goods after the editing battle went public, but it pulled in $667,784 with a solid $29,034 per screen average. The film expanded to 276 theaters in its second weekend to a decent $1,950,871 and its widest expansion was in week seven to 964 theaters and the film closed its US run with $24,343,673 — which is quite good for a film that received only a modestly wide release, but terrible numbers for a film that cost $70.8 million plus millions more to market. Sony distributed Across The Universe overseas, mostly in limited runs where it cumed $5 million. Decent domestic home video sales at $28 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs) helped pad the huge loss.