BLAST FROM THE PAST (1999) — New Line financed this Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone vehicle for $35m and sold off overseas distribution, which would help limit their exposure to the budget. Blast From the Past opened in 2,542 theaters, when Message In A Bottle led the weekend and also She’s All That courted a similar demo graph as Blast From The Past and the film came in with a disappointing $7,771,066. The film declined a modest 24.9% the following weekend to $5,839,227 and saw a decent 40% third weekend decline to $3,503,125 but the film closed its run with a weak $26,511,114. Blast From The Past pulled in a weak $13.7m overseas across numerous distributors and marked the end of Alicia Silverstone’s studio topping days.
Child 44 (2015) — Child 44 was co-financed by Summit Entertainment and Worldview Entertainment for $50m and Lionsgate, which absolved Summit back in 2012, pre-sold the film to overseas distributors, which would limit their exposure to the budget to under $13m. Worldview Entertainment’s main backer, billionaire Sarah Johnson has filed suit against the company for fraud and mismanagement and is one of four cases of litigation against the company which has stopped operating.
In an early 2015 quarter financial investor relations report by Lionsgate, Child 44 was being pushed as part of their aggressive franchise expansion model and had ambitious plans for the film which is based on a trilogy of books. Initially planned as a wide release in the US, Lionsgate dumped the film with blink and you miss it marketing and all of 80 national TV ad spots. Child 44 opened in 510 theaters to a dismal $621,812 opening weekend with a $1,219 per screen average and sank 67.2% in its second frame to $203,649. Child 44 was pulled from all, but 24 theaters in its third weekend, bringing in $9,470 and the film closed its run after its fourth week with $1,224,330.
Overseas, Child 44 pulled in a poor $5,054,015 across numerous distributors, with $2m from the UK as the bulk of its overseas gross. While Lionsgate and the troubled Worldview Entertainment will take a loss on the film, it’s risky $50m price tag has been mitigated across the dozens of distributors who overpaid for the film. With the poor worldwide box office numbers, Child 44’s prospects of reaching profit in any territory seems bleak, but the film will not post heavy losses for any one entity.