THE FOUNTAIN

fountainThe Fountain was financed by Warner Bros and New Regency for $35m, plus the two entities had to absorb an additional $18m in pre-production expenses from a previous scrapped version of the film staring Brad Pitt.  Warner Bros distributed the film in the US and opened it in 1,472 theaters to a poor $3,768,702 and audiences gave the film a toxic C- cinemascore.  The Fountain declined 52.6% in its second weekend to $1,785,334 followed by a 71.9% fall in its third frame to $501,489 and closed its run with $10,144,010.  WB would see back just $5.5m after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which would not cover much of the P&A spend or budget.  After the film tanked in the US, the overseas rollout was spread out from late 2006 to mid 2007 and it was given a smaller release in most markets.  Fox picked up numerous territories including a weak $312,380 in the UK and just $177,765 in Australia.  France posted the strongest showings overseas with a soft $1,341,088 and the overseas total was $5.8m.

  • Jared Bellow

    Definitely in the Master/Inherent Vice mold of modestly budgeted and intelligent medium sized films that deserved better.