ALFIE

Alfie

Budget: $60 million Financed by: Paramount
Domestic Gross: $13,399,812 Domestic Distributor: Paramount
Overseas Gross: $21,750,734
Directed by: Charles Shyer
Starring:
Jude Law
Marisa Tomei
Produced by: Elaine Pope

alfie box officeParamount financed Alfie, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name, for $60 million and it was one of three high profile 2004 remakes at Paramount which all flopped — the other two were The Manchurian Candidate and The Stepford Wives.  Paramount was in a three year slump and the 2004 slate of pictures were mostly bombs and on November 2 (three days before Alfie opened) the head of Paramount Sherry Lansing announced she would soon exit her post after 12 years on the job.  Paramount originally dated Alfie for October 22, but pushed it back 2 weeks to November 5, after Warner Bros vacated Alexander from the date, where it would play as counter-programming for adults to The Incredibles.  Alfie was booked into 2,215 theaters and was tracking poorly up to its release and received mixed reviews and tanked with $6,218,335.  It placed #6 for the weekend led by The Incredibles and the holdover Ray.  Audiences gave the film a poor C+ cinemascore and it declined 56% the following weekend to $2,738,931 and sank a huge 73.4% in its third frame to $727,388.  Alfie closed its US run with just $13,399,812.  Alfie had a heavy marketing push in the UK and grossed an ok $8.5 million, but did poorly in most markets with an overseas cume of $21.7 million.  The worldwide total came to $35.1 million and Paramount would see back about $19.3 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would leave some of the P&A costs in the red and the budget at a loss.