State Of Play
|Budget: $60 million||Financed by: Working Title; Relativity|
|Domestic Gross: $37,017,955||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $50,794,416|
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Produced by: Tim Bevan
Working Title, which is owned by Universal, co-financed State Of Play with Relativity for $60 million. Russell Crowe took over leading actor duties after Brad Pitt dropped out last minute and was paid $20 million to sign on and keep the film from going into turnaround, which gave the pic a bump in the budget. State Of Play was tracking poorly going into release and was looking to open even below Russell Crowe’s previous film, the 2008 flop Body Of Lies but the pic managed to come in above expectations with a modest $14,071,280 — placing #2 for the weekend led by 17 Again. Even with an excellent A- cinemascore, the film dropped 51.3% in its second weekend to $6,848,885 and ended its chances at breaking out. State Of Play closed its run with $37,017,955. Overseas, Universal released the film and State of Play had its strongest run in the UK with a decent $9.2 million and its overseas total was $50,794,416. After theaters take their percentage of the gross, Universal would see back about $48.2 million which leaves some of the expensive worldwide P&A spend at a loss and the budget in the red. State Of Play was one of many reasons Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger would be replaced in October, after a string of recent Universal flops, including Duplicity, Land of the Lost, Funny People and the out of control budgets for the as of yet to be released The Wolfman, Robin Hood, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Green Zone.