The Three Musketeers
|Budget: $90 million||Financed by: Constantin|
|Domestic Gross: $20,374,484||Domestic Distributor: Summit|
|Overseas Gross: $111,900,000|
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Produced by: Jeremy Bolt
Before release, the budget was promoted as $90 million and reduced to $75 million (more likely after tax rebates) when The Three Musketeers underperformed. Financed by German company Constantin, with some assistance from German grants, Summit handled pre-sales that sold out every territory and limited Constantin’s exposure to the budget. Constantin distributed in Germany to a solid $16.1 million and surprisingly the strongest territory it played in was Japan with $24 million. The overseas total was $111.9 million across numerous distributors, where it pulled in mediocre to decent numbers in most markets. Summit distributed in the US and opened The Three Musketeers in 3,017 theaters to a poor $8,674,452 and actress Milla Jovovich lashed out at Summit through twitter (see below) for poorly marketing the pic. It placed #4 for the weekend when Paranormal Activity 3 opened and won the box office. The Three Musketeers sank 59.6% in its second weekend to $3,507,359 and closed its disappointing run with just $20,374,484. Summit would see back about $11.1 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would cover less than half of their ad spend and leave their unreported acquisition cost in the red. Constantin posted a $3.4 million loss in 2011 after a strong slate of films, but pointed to Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods and The Three Musketeers for eating into their profits.