Southland Tales

Budget: $17 million Financed by: Cherry Road; Universal Pictures International; Inferno Distribution; Wild Bunch
Domestic Gross: $275,380 Domestic Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn; Destination Films; Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Overseas Gross: $101,649
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Dwayne Johnson
Justin Timberlake
Produced by: Sean McKittrick

southland tales box officeIn late 2003 Cherry Road came on board to financed early development and pre-sales of Southland Tales, which first went to Universal Intl. to handle overseas sales.  Universal distributed in most foreign territories and Wild Bunch would distribute in France, Benelux, Spain and Switzerland.  The budget for Southland Tales is estimated at $17 million, with co-financing also from Inferno Distribution.  Paris based Wild Bunch had Cannes head Thierry Frémaux take a look at Southland Tales as a work in progress and the movie was accepted to play in competition, which the filmmakers unwisely accepted.  It premiered at Cannes in 2006 in an unfinished cut and sold to numerous distributors overseas before it screened based on the cast and there was much buzz among US studios over the hotly anticipated title.  That buzz became toxic once the film screened to some of the most scathing reviews and reception the festival ever had.  The pic left Cannes without a domestic buyer.  Sony picked up US distribution rights a month after the festival and invested an additional $1 million to complete visual effects and have director Richard Kelly continue editing the film.  In 2007 Samuel Goldwyn partnered with Destination Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group to finally release Southland Tales in the US and the film opened in 63 theaters to a poor $123,428 with a not very promising per screen average of $1,959.  Southland Tales fell 69.7% in its second weekend to $37,361 and quickly ended its brief theatrical run with $275,380.  Universal released the film in the UK in 15 theaters pulling in just $89,942 and the film made all of $11,707 on 1 screen in Turkey.  Southland Tales was dumped straight to video in every other country.  Wild Bunch sent the pic straight to video in March 2009 in France.  After the commercial and critical failure of Southland Tales, Richard Kelly set out to make a more marketable film and saw his follow up The Box receive a rare and hateful F cinemascore from audiences and flop at the box office.