|Budget: $25 million||Financed by: American Film Co.|
|Domestic Gross: $11,538,204||Domestic Distributor: American Film Co. (through Roadside and Lionsgate)|
|Overseas Gross: $4,369,207|
Directed by: Robert Redford
Produced by: Joe Ricketts
The Conspirator was financed by American Film Co. for $25 million and the Robert Redford directed picture is the new company’s first project. Billionaire Joe Ricketts founded the new financing and producing company and made a US distribution pact with Roadside and Lionsgate, where his company would provide the majority of the marketing spend for higher returns on the film. They opened the film moderately wide in 707 theaters to $3,506,602 with a mediocre per screen average of $4,960. The Conspirator expanded to 849 screens in its second frame but dropped 37.6% to $2,187,185 and never broke out, closing with only $11,538,204 at the US box office. Roadside and Ricketts’ company would see back about $6.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave plenty of the marketing in the red and the entire budget. The American history theme wouldn’t translate to good overseas business and it pulled in just $4.3 million from the rest of the world, leaving the American Film Co. with a loss of most of their investment. Roadside, which is partially owned by Lionsgate had little risk on the The Conspirator. The pic went straight to video in France and a handful of smaller markets. Recorded domestic video sales were $4.8 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).