Punisher: War Zone
|Budget: $20 million (estimated)||Financed by: SGF; MHF Zweite Academy Film|
|Domestic Gross: $8,050,977||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate|
|Overseas Gross: $2,049,059||
Directed by: Lexi Alexander
Produced by: Kevin Feige
In 2007 Lionsgate set up a four year financing deal with Societe generale de financement du Quebec, which is the government investment branch of the Canadian province — in which SGF would cover 35% of the production costs for Lionsgate’s slate of films. Punisher: War Zone was one of the first projects under the new arrangement, which received the remaining capital from German based MHF Zweite Academy Film. The budget was reported at $35 million, but director Lexi Alexander has gone on to say that the troubled film had a budget under $20 million. After much on set interference from executives at Lionsgate and reports that Alexander was removed during a period of post production and reinstated at some point, buzz was not very promising. Rumors also circulated that the pic would be trimmed to PG-13, which seems ridiculous, considering the amount of gore on display. Lionsgate originally slated Punisher: War Zone for a September 12 release, but pushed it back to December 5, which was a head scratcher since the studio released the action pic Transporter 3 the week before. The film was dead on arrival with a terrible $4,271,451 — placing #8 for the weekend led by Four Christmases and it opened slightly below Transporter 3 in frame two. War Zone sank 67.6% in its second frame to $1,383,898 and was pulled out of all theaters after its third week with only $8,050,977. Sony handled most overseas territories where the film received a theatrical release and it was dumped and pulled in a mere $2 million and it went straight to video in most countries. In its third quarter report, Lionsgate posted a $93.4 million loss, mostly attributed to the terrible theatrical runs of The Spirit, Punisher: War Zone and Transporter 3.