|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Warner Bros|
|Domestic Gross: $33,035,397||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $14,752,546|
Directed by: Jason Winer
Produced by: Kevin McCormick
This $40 million Warner Bros remake was designed as a vehicle for Russell Brand, who would later describe Arthur as a “mistake.” This would be Brand’s first top billing studio film and Warner Bros invested heavily in a marketing blitz and Arthur was tracking to win the weekend with a high teens gross. It didn’t help that Arthur was released in the US the same day as fellow bomb Your Highness, which accounted for the two films competing for audiences looking for silly comedies. The remake of the far more successful 1981 film ($95.4 million domestic gross) came in way below expectations with a poor $12,222,756 in 3,276 theaters — placing #3 for the weekend led by the holdover toon Hop (which Brand provided voice work) and Hanna. Arthur declined 44.7% the following weekend to $6,755,340 and closed it domestic run with a disappointing $33,035,397. Warner Bros would see back about $18.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, far less than the P&A spend and the budget would be in the red. Warner Bros released Arthur overseas and opened the pic wide in the UK in 434 theaters to a terrible $1,262,415 and it fell just 9.7% in its second weekend to 1,140,037 but declined 55.5% in its third frame to $507,012. Arthur closed its UK run with a weak $5,414,235 which posted the strongest number overseas. The overseas cume was $14,752,546 and it went straight to TV in France and ended Brand’s leading man status. Domestic home video sales were $6.8 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).