KILLERS

Killers

Budget: $75 million Financed by: Lionsgate
Domestic Gross: $47,059,963 Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate
Overseas Gross: $51,100,000
Directed by: Robert Luketic
Starring:
Katherine Heigl
Produced by: Scott Aversano

killers box officeLionsgate financed the $75 million Killers and Mandate Intl. sold international rights.  Lionsgate distributed Killers in the US and the UK.  Lionsgate saw quarter profits at a loss of $64 million mostly attributed to the poor performance of Killers and the large marketing expense behind the film, which was bad news for Lionsgate who at the time was fighting off shareholder/corporate raider Carl Icahn from taking over the company.  In a press release battle with Icahn, it was noted that Lionsgate’s financial exposure on the $75 million budget was about $40 million after pre-sales and tax credits.  The film opened without being screened for critics and still managed $15,837,266 — when Shrek Forever After and the comedy Get Him To The Greek led the box office.  Killers declined 49.4% to $8,008,007 in its second frame and closed with a soft $47,059,963 — which would be the first of a very quick decline in Katherine Heigl’s star power.  She would re-team with Lionsgate on the 2012 flop One for the Money, which would put an end her bankable studio career.  Overseas, Lionsgate saw a poor $4.8 million from the UK.  The overseas total across numerous distributors was $51.1 million, with France as the strongest territory with a less than stellar $5.1 million and Killers premiered on television in Italy.