The Weight Of Water

Budget: $18 million Financed by: StudioCanal
Domestic Gross: $109,130 Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
Overseas Gross: $212,149
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Sean Penn
Sarah Polley
Produced by: Janet Yang

the weight of water box officeThe Weight Of Water was originally being developed at Phoenix Pictures with a larger budget, but it was put into turnaround and StudioCanal came onboard to fully finance the pic for $18-$20 million.  Director Kathryn Bigelow helmed The Weight Of Water after financing stalled on the big budget K-19: The Widowmaker, which she returned to after finishing this film.  This was her first movie since her 1995 box office disaster Strange Days.  The Weight Of Water wrapped filming in 1999 and premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews and StudioCanal had the asking price for a domestic release set at $6 million.  Lionsgate picked up domestic rights at the festival, though it is not reported if they met the asking price and delayed the release until 2002.  Lionsgate opened The Weight Of Water in 27 theaters to a terrible $45,888 with a $1,699 per screen average that would kill off an expansion.  The following weekend the film reduced its theater count to 14 and sank 71.9% to $12,913 and was out of release by the end of its third week with only $109,130.  Bac Majestic, which was 80% owned by StudioCanal took on UK distribution and dumped the movie straight to video and it bypassed theaters in most markets, with only France and Taiwan reporting numbers with a total of $212,149.  Bigelow also had K-19: The Widowmaker crash and burn at the box office just a few months earlier.