Machine Gun Preacher

Budget: $30 million Financed by: 1984 Private Defense Contractors; Myles Nestel
Domestic Gross: $538,690 Domestic Distributor: Relativity
Overseas Gross: $3,183,298
Directed by: Marc Forster
Gerard Butler
Produced by: Myles Nestel

machine gun preacher box office1984 Private Defense Contractors co-financed Machine Gun Preacher for $30 million and additional development capital was provided by Myles Nestel.  Lionsgate pre-sold the film worldwide and the film sold very well to distributors as a film with global appeal, with a bankable star and a renowned director.  What the distributors overpaid for was a critically maligned film with very limited appeal.  Lionsgate was set to distribute Machine Gun Preacher in the US, but had a crowded slate and Relativity took over domestic distribution to open the pic as an awards contender.  Relativity, who just got into the market as a US distributor, scheduled Machine Gun Preacher to be their first platform release.  Relativity opened the film in 4 theaters to $45,130 with a not very promising $11,283 per screen average.  Relativity expanded the film to 33 theaters the following weekend, with no interest from audiences and it pulled in a poor $84,732 with a per screen average of $2,568, which killed off the nationwide expansion.  Machine Gun Preacher’s widest release in the states was in 93 theaters and it grossed only $538,690 total.  Overseas the film pulled in a terrible $3.1 million across dozens of distributors and $1 million of that number came from the UK, where Lionsgate distributed.  It went straight to video in major territories like France and Italy and premiered on TV in Spain.  Star Gerard Butler would follow up his only 2011 release with two 2012 flops Chasing Mavericks and Playing For Keeps.