Battle of the Year
|Budget: $20 million||Financed by: Sony|
|Domestic Gross: $8,888,355||Domestic Distributor: Sony|
|Overseas Gross: $7,661,122|
Directed by: Benson Lee
Produced by: Beau Flynn
Battle of the Year was released well after the dance sub-genre had run out of fumes and this Sony dud cost $20 million. With the only marketable name being the perpetually in trouble with the law Chris Brown, the film didn’t have much going for it and Sony was hoping for a $8 million opening weekend. Battle Of The Year bowed against Prisoners and received atrocious reviews. It was booked into 2,008 theaters and was dead on arrival with $4,603,177 — placing #5 for the weekend led by Prisoners. Battle of the Year sank 56% in its second weekend to $2,023,792 and promptly lost most of its theater count. It was pulled from release after only five weeks with just $8,888,355.
One week after Battle Of The Year opened to its dismal numbers, the president of worldwide marketing at Sony Pictures, Marc Weinstock was canned. He reportedly took the fall for the disappointing performance of the stinker After Earth and the box office disaster White House Down.
Sony opened the film moderately wide in the UK in 216 theaters to a disastrous $56,191 with a $260 per screen average, coming in 18th for the weekend and was pulled out of release after its second weekend with a total of $78,274. Battle Of The Year pulled in less than $1 million from every market and cumed just $7,661,122 from its international run. The worldwide total was $16.5 million, returning about $9 million to Sony after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would not even cover P&A expenses.