|Budget: $80 million||Financed by: Disney|
|Domestic Gross: $38,577,772||Domestic Distributor: Disney (Touchstone)|
|Overseas Gross: $83,867,000|
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Produced by: David Hoberman
Surrogates was financed by Disney for $80 million and with the exception of the 5th Die Hard movie in 2013, this was the last big budget studio vehicle for Bruce Willis. The cranky actor would find his career topping days in studio pics in free fall over the next few years after choosing cheap paycheck projects. Surrogates would also mark the end of director Jonathan Mostow’s studio helming days, who previously was given the keys to the Terminator franchise for the third installment. And while we’re talking about declining careers, one week before Surrogates‘ release, Disney Studio Chairman Dick Cook was fired from his post, after not seeing eye to eye on running the studio the way the studio’s chief executive Bob Iger wanted and also the slate of films that were greenlit — including the expensive flop G-Force the month earlier.
Surrogates was dated for September 25 and bowed against the sci-fi dud Pandorum and the remake of Fame. The mouse house gave the pic an expensive marketing campaign and tracking was pointing to an opening in the mid to low 20s. Reviews were mixed to poor and it opened far below expectations with $14,902,692 — placing #2 for the weekend led by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Audiences didn’t like what they saw and awarded the film a toxic C cinemascore and it declined 51.4% in its second weekend to $7,241,054 and fell 41.1% in its third session to $4,268,314. Surrogates closed out its domestic run with only $38,577,772.
Overseas, the film fared a bit better for Disney with an $83.8 million cume, but it would not be enough to offset the poor US numbers. With a worldwide total of $122.4 million the mouse house would see about $67.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would neither cover the global P&A spend or any of the budget.