Me and Orson Welles
|Budget: $20 million (estimated)||Financed by: Financed by: CinemaNX|
|Domestic Gross: $1,190,003||Domestic Distributor: CinemaNX; Hart/Lunsford Pictures (through Freestyle Releasing)|
|Overseas Gross: $1,146,169|
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Produced by: John Sloss
The Isle of Man film fund, set up a new production company CinemaNX, which Me and Orson Welles was its first production and they financed the film that is estimated in the low $20 million range. The well reviewed Richard Linklater film surprisingly failed to find US distribution after positive audience response at the Toronto International Film Festival and CinemaNX launched a campaign to distribute themselves. They got Hart/Lunsford Pictures to pay for $4 million in prints and advertising, Warner Bros to distribute on home video and the rent-a-distributor Freestyle Releasing would secure theaters. The ambitious release began in 4 theaters with a $63,638 opening weekend and a decent, but unspectacular $15,910 per screen average and moved to 5 theaters in its second weekend to $39,587. Me And Orson Welles expanded to 64 theaters in its third frame to $154,754 and a troubling $2,418 per screen average and saw its widest expansion in week four to practically no growth in 134 theaters to $156,420. Me And Orson Welles closed its US run with just $1,190,003. After theaters take their percentage of the gross, most of the P&A spend would be in the red. Overseas, the film also had trouble finding its way to theaters and was released in 7 countries to $1.1 million and half of that was from the terrible numbers it posted in the UK with $557,602. Before its UK release, the producers struck a deal with cinema chain Vue, in which they would book the movie in over 150 theaters for a cut of the home video, pay TV and other ancillary revenues.