|Budget: $47,925,162||Financed by: Warner Bros; Village Roadshow; RatPac-Dune|
|Domestic Gross: $12,600,231||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $18,525,000|
Directed by: Akiva Goldsman
Produced by: Marc Platt
Winter’s Tale was co-financed by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow and received some coin from RatPac-Dune. The MPAA released the production expenditures to show how much the shoot and post-production contributed to the state of New York. $41,465,577 was spent on community expenditures and $26,998,940 was spent on wages. After a 30% tax credit, the net budget was $47,925,162. Warner Bros dated Winter’s Tale for the Valentine’s Day frame, where it would compete for auds against the 80’s remakes Endless Love and About Last Night and another 80’s remake RoboCop bowed that weekend.
Warner Bros invested in a huge marketing blitz for this stinker and spent a colossal $42.8 million just in domestic TV ads (the 6th highest spend of the year), plus millions more on print, online, radio, booking expenses, etc. Tracking estimates placed the picture in the low teens opening weekend, but it could not overcome atrocious reviews and box office repellent Colin Farrell. It tanked with an opening of $7,297,694 — placing #7 for the frame led by WB and Village Roadshow’s surprise hit The LEGO Movie in its second weekend . Winter’s Tale took a 70.2% nosedive in its second weekend to $2,173,455 and promptly lost most of its theater count. The domestic run closed with an awful $12,600,231. Warner Bros would see back about $6.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.
Warners went further into the red after an expensive worldwide marketing spend that saw poor numbers in every market, grossing an offshore total of just $18.5 million.