Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Budget: $69 million Financed by: FOX
Domestic Gross: $37,519,139 Domestic Distributor: FOX
Overseas Gross: $78,952,441
Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov
Benjamin Walker
Dominic Cooper
Produced by: Tim Burton
Produced by: Jim Lemley

abraham lincoln: vampire hunter box officeAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was financed right in the middle of the Twilight vampire craze, with the idea that vampire on screen = profits.  Fox aggressively bid for the campy project, which producer Tim Burton and Jim Lemley and director Timur Bekmambetov were pitching to studios and FOX took on the $69 million budgeted film, which they hoped would spawn a franchise.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened in US theaters, where it came in below expectations with $16,306,974 — placing #3 for the weekend led by Brave and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.  The pic proved to have no legs and fell 63.1% in its second frame to $6,009,612.  A terrible C+ cinemascore from audiences didn’t help the picture and after steep weekly drops, it closed its US run with $37,519,139.  FOX distributed the film overseas, where the pic fared a bit better with $78.9 million, but after theaters take their percentage of the gross, the worldwide tally would leave FOX with about $64 million — just about covering the P&A costs, but the theatrical revenue would not put a dent in the budget.  Domestic home video sales saw about $17 million (less after resellers get their cut and manufacturing costs).