The Chronicles Of Riddick
|Budget: $110 million (estimated)||Financed by: Universal; Radar Pictures|
|Domestic Gross: $57,761,012||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $58,011,721||
Directed by: David Twohy
Produced by: Ted Field
The Chronicles Of Riddick was financed by Universal and Ted Field’s Radar Pictures for an estimated $110 million, though some estimates are far higher and after worldwide P&A costs, about $200 million was sunk into this sequel. After Universal agreed to Vin Diesel’s $12.5 million price tag, his 2002 movie “XXX” took in strong worldwide numbers and he tried to renegotiate his “Riddick” deal and demanded $45 million for both Riddick and 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal refused and he was removed from the second Fast And The Furious installment. Shortly after, two long-delayed Diesel pics, “A Man Apart” and “Knockaround Guys” bombed and Universal began to promote The Chronicles Of Riddick with Diesel not central to the marketing campaign and instead stressed the visual effects and scope of the picture. The sequel was tracking soft and Universal revised the marketing material to focus more on Diesel. The Chronicles Of Riddick received generally negative reviews and opened against the troubled The Stepford Wives and Garfield: The Movie. It was booked into 2,757 theaters, where it came in with $24,289,165 — placing #2 for the weekend led by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in its second frame. The Chronicles Of Riddick was very front loaded and sank 61.2% the following weekend to $9,415,155 killing its chance at breaking out. The film declined 51.9% in its third frame to $4,531,765 and had a quick death at the box office after a 70.4% fourth weekend drop to $1,343,160. It closed with a less than blockbuster $57,761,012. The Chronicles Of Riddick performed in line with its domestic gross overseas, pulling in soft numbers in almost every market and grossing $58,011,721. The worldwide total was $115.7 million and after theaters take their percentage of the gross, Universal would see back about $63.6 million, which would not even cover the expensive worldwide P&A spend. A third entry in 2013 would be independently financed for 1/3 the cost of this expensive flop.