Repo Men

Budget: $32 million Financed by: Universal; Relativity
Domestic Gross: $13,794,835 Domestic Distributor: Universal
Overseas Gross: $4,615,056
Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik
Jude Law
Produced by: Scott Stuber

repo men box officeRushed into production back in 2007 to beat an impeding strike, Universal would shelve the $32 million Repo Men for over two years, which was co-financed by Relativity.  Repo Men was another left over from ex-Chairman Marc Shmuger’s terrible run at Universal and it opened in the US a week after Universal’s huge flop Green Zone, which also was a co-production with Relativity.  Repo Men was tracking to open in the low teens, but flopped with just $6,126,170 opening weekend — placing a distant #4 when Alice In Wonderland led the box office.  Repo Men fell 50.9% in its second weekend to $3,010,515 and took an 80.9% nosedive in its third frame to $576,180 and quickly closed its run with a poor $13,794,835 after five weeks.  Universal would see back about $7.5 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which wouldn’t even cover 1/3 of the ad spend.  After the terrible domestic run, Universal gave Repo Men a small rollout overseas to just $4.6 million.  Universal opened the film moderately wide in the UK in 243 theaters to a dismal $280,925 and never bothered to report the numbers after the opening weekend.  The pic went straight to video in Italy and most smaller markets.