THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE

Budget: N/A Financed by: Universal; Mediastream
Domestic Gross: $5,350,371 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $1,742,913

truth about charlie flopUniversal financed Jonathan Demme’s remake of the 1963 film Charade, with German tax shelter fund Mediastream for an unreported amount, but The Truth About Charlie was being touted by Universal as an expensive redo.  Originally developed as a vehicle for Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg took over the role, who was not bankable at the time of release and The Truth About Charlie received mixed reviews from critics.  Audiences were far more harsh and slapped Charlie with a hateful D cinemascore.  Universal clearly knew they had a tough sell on their hands and gave the film a moderately wide opening in 753 theaters, where it pulled in a soft $2,270,290.  The Truth About Charlie was quickly out of release with just $5,350,371.  Universal dumped the film overseas and the brief theatrical run it had in major markets pulled in only $1,742,913.  Despite being partially financed from Germany money, it was sent straight to video in Germany and most smaller markets.