BASIC

Budget: $50m Financed by: Intermedia Films
Domestic Gross: $26,793,311 Domestic Distributor: Sony (Columbia)
Overseas Gross: $15,999,250

basic 2003 travoltaBasic was fully financed by German based Intermedia Films for $50m and Sony acquired US distribution rights before the film was completed.  Basic opened to poor reviews, though in comparison to director John McTiernan’s previous film Rollerball, the reviews were just bad not hateful and Sony booked the film in 2,876 theaters where it placed #4 for the weekend with $11,511,960.   Basic had weak legs at the box office and fell 53.3% the next weekend to $5,375,721 and declined a huge 60.9% the third weekend to $2,103,440 and closed with $26,793,311.  Despite being financed with German money, Basic was a disaster in Germany, grossing $404,707 for distributor Constantin.  The UK gross was a terrible $994,736 and the film posted awful numbers in every market, pulling in a total of $15,999,250 across numerous distributors.