STATE OF PLAY

Budget: $60m Financed by: Working Title; Relativity
Domestic Gross: $37,017,955 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $50,794,416

state_of_playWorking Title, which is owned by Universal, co-financed State of Play with Relativity for $60m.  Russell Crowe took over leading actor duties after Brad Pitt dropped out last minute and was paid $20m to sign on and keep the film from going into turnaround.  That bump in budget was not helped when the film disappointed in the US with weak legs after opening to a decent $14,071,280.  Even with an excellent A- cinemascore, the film dropped 51.3% in its second weekend to $6,848,885 and ended its run with $37,017,955.  Overseas, Universal released the film and State of Play had its strongest run in the UK with a decent $9.2m and its overseas total was $50,794,416.  After theaters take their percentage of the gross, Universal and Relativity would see back $48.2m which leaves some of the budget in the red and the expensive worldwide ad spend at a loss.  Universal Pictures Chairman Marc Shmuger would be replaced after a string of recent Universal flops, including Duplicity, Land of the Lost, Funny People and the out of control budgets for the as of yet to be released The Wolfman and Green Zone.