FEMME FATALE

Budget: $35m Financed by: Quinta Communications
Domestic Gross: $6,630,252 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $10,208,658

femme fatale 2002Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications fully financed Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale for $35 million and Summit pre-sold the picture to numerous distributors, which would help limit their exposure to the budget.  Femme Fatale first opened in France, where part of the film was shot at the Cannes Film Festival and the entire production was shot in France.  Femme Fatale underperformed with just $2,159,134 from the territory.  Warner Bros picked up US distribution rights and opened the pic in 1,066 theaters with the intention of expanding over a few weekends.  Femme Fatale placed #9 for the weekend with $2,776,248 and was lost at the box office when 8 Mile dominated the weekend.  Audiences also gave the film a terrible C- cinemascore and the poor opening numbers killed off the expansion.  Femme Fatale dropped 55% to $1,248,414 the following weekend and closed its run with a terrible $6,630,252.  Overseas numbers were a poor $10,208,658 across the many distributors who picked up the title.  Femme Fatale was dumped straight to video in the UK and premiered on television in Australia and went straight to video in most smaller European markets.