Children Of Men
|Budget: $72 million||Financed by: Strike Entertainment; Universal|
|Domestic Gross: $35,552,383||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $34,407,368||
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Produced by: Marc Abraham
Children of Men was financed by Strike Entertainment and Universal for an estimated $72 million (some estimates go as high as $90 million) and the critically acclaimed Alfonso Cuarón directed film just never connected with audiences at the box office. Children of Men rolled out in most territories before it was released in the US and was distributed in most markets through UIP (joint distribution between Universal and Paramount). The film’s most successful run was a decent enough $9,585,931 from the UK, but Children of Men pulled in weak numbers in almost every country. The film outright bombed in Australia with $2.1 million and even grossed a poor $2.5 million in Cuarón’s home country, Mexico and its overseas total was only $34.4 million. Universal distributed in the US and planned on a platform release and opened the pic over the crowded christmas frame in 16 theaters to $501,003 with a solid $31,312 per screen average. The strong turnout in limited release prompted Universal to expand the picture beyond its planned 200 theater increase to 1,209 theaters, where it pulled in a better than expected $10,197,775 — placing #3 for the New Year’s frame led by Night at the Museum and The Pursuit of Happyness. Children Of Men expanded in its third weekend to 1,508 theaters with diminishing returns at $6,371,335 and declined 41.8% in its fourth weekend to $3,710,945. Children of Men closed its US run with $35,552,383 bringing its worldwide total to $69.9 million. Universal would see back about $38.4 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — leaving much of the worldwide P&A costs in the red and not putting a dent in the budget.