AMELIA

Budget: $40 million Financed by: Avalon Pictures
Domestic Gross: $14,245,415 Domestic Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Overseas Gross: $5,396,598 Director: Mira Nair

amelia box officeAmelia was financed by billionaire Ted Waitt with his newly formed Avalon Pictures for $40 million and this flop would mark the first and last film from Avalon and Ted Waitt.  Fox Searchlight signed on as worldwide distributor and would cover the marketing expenses.  Amelia was positioned before release as an end of the year Oscar hopeful, but the film received awful reviews which didn’t help its already limited commercial prospects.  Sidestepping a platform release due to weak buzz and the atrocious reviews, Fox Searchlight opted for a wider release trying to squeeze as much box office out of this stinker before negative word of mouth kills it.  They opened the film in the US in 820 theaters to a disappointing $3,904,047 — when Paranormal Activity led the weekend and fellow flops Astro Boy and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant also opened.  Fox Searchlight pushed a more aggressive expansion in its second frame to 1,070 theaters to no growth at $3,034,667.  Amelia closed its US run with $14,245,415 which would leave Fox Searchlight with about $7.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving a portion of the US ad spend in the red.  Fox put the film out overseas to terrible numbers, pulling in just $5.3 million.  A small loss for Fox Searchlight and a large tax write-off for Ted Waitt.  Domestic video sales pulled in $7.3 million (less after manufacturing costs and resellers cut).