Little Children

Budget: $26 million Financed by: New Line
Domestic Gross: $5,463,019 Domestic Distributor: New Line
Overseas Gross: $9,358,639
Directed by: Todd Field
Kate Winslet
Patrick Wilson
Produced by: Albert Berger

little children box officeFinanced by New Line for $26 million, Little Children was pre-sold to overseas distributors, limiting New Line’s exposure to the budget.  New Line opened the film in 5 theaters the same day as their wide release The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and it pulled in $97,953 with a per screen average of $19,590.  New Line never expanded it beyond 37 theaters for two months, waiting for award nominations to come in before a nation wide rollout.  The well reviewed film picked up 3 Oscar nominations, but New Line never capitalized on it and never expanded the picture beyond 115 theaters.  Little Children remained in limited release for a very long 27 weeks and pulled in $5,463,019.  New Line would see back about $2.9 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross.  Overseas, Little Children pulled in only $9.3 million across numerous distributors.  Entertainment distributed in the UK and opened the film moderately wide in 203 theaters to a poor $300,346 and it closed its run with only $810,399.  Spain posted the strongest numbers with a soft $1,197,068.  The film was never released on the new Blu-Ray format and the DVD was released barebones, despite all of the accolades the film received.  Domestic home video sales cumed a mere $3.6 million.