THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE

Budget: $38m Financed by: Intermedia; Universal
Domestic Gross: $19,955,598 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $19,000,000

life of david galeOriginally setup with George Clooney in the lead who left over creative disputes, Kevin Spacey took the role and the German based Intermedia co-financed The Life Of David Gale with Universal for $38m.  Universal opened the film in the US in 2,002 theaters and The Life Of David Gale was savaged by critics and opened to a weak $7,117,225.  Audiences gave the film a positive A- cinemascore and it declined a modest 36.2% in its second weekend to $4,537,395 but the film dropped 53.2% to $2,124,235 in its third frame, killing its chances at breaking out.  The Life Of David Gale closed its domestic run with $19,955,598.  Universal released the film in most territories overseas and distributed it in the UK through UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount) and The Life Of David Gale grossed soft $4,016,065 which posted the highest number from its worldwide rollout.  The film was a dud in Australia, pulling in $654,583 and made just $1.8m in Germany.  The overseas total was $19m.  Veteran director Alan Parker has not directed another picture after The Life Of David Gale.