ALEXANDER

Budget: $155m Financed by: Intermedia Films
Domestic Gross: $34,297,191 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $133,001,001

alexander 2004Oliver Stone’s Alexander went into production with another competing Alexander The Great film in development, which would have been directed by Baz Luhrmann, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, but that film fell apart before the cameras began rolling.  German based Intermedia financed the majority of Alexander, which was budgeted at $155m and to help limit their exposure to the expensive project, the film sold very well in pre-sales through Summit.  Warner Bros acquired US rights and a few other territories for $35m and opened the film in the US to poor reviews and a very soft $13,687,087 in 2,445 theaters.  Audiences gave Alexander a hateful D+ cinemascore and the film collapsed at the box office, dropping 65.2% in its second frame to $4,756,445 and saw a steep 68.9% third weekend decline to $1,479,348 and flopped out of theaters with $34,297,191.  Warner Bros would see back about $18.8m after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover their P&A costs or their acquisition cost.  The film sold well on home video, which would eventually get Warners their money back, and would commission Stone to release three additional edits of the film.

Overseas, Alexander fared better than it did in the US with a $133,001,001 gross across many distributors, but it was not strong enough for a film with a colossal budget and certainly not strong enough to cover the dreary domestic gross.  While the film reached profit in some markets, there would not be enough cash overages to flow back to Intermedia and the company posted a $29.4 million loss for the year, which came from Alexander and some of that loss was from delayed projects a few years old that saw a release to miserable numbers, Suspect Zero and Mindhunters.