Cloud Atlas

Budget: $102 million Financed by: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; Filmstiftung NRW; Dreams Of Dragon Pictures; Andy and Lana Wachowski
Domestic Gross: $27,108,272 Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros
Overseas Gross: $103,374,596
Directed by: Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
Tom Hanks
Halle Berry
Produced by: Tom Tykwer
Produced by: Andy & Lana Wachowski

Cloud Atlas box officeThis expensive $102 million Wachowski/Tykwer directed collaboration was financed through many sources.  Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg was the first to contribute with $2.1 million, followed by the German subsidy organization Filmstiftung NRW with $1.4 million.  The Wachowski siblings invested $7 million of their own money into the film.  Chinese company and distributor Dreams Of Dragon Pictures invested over $10 million and put the film out in China to a decent $27.7 million, even after the film was downloaded millions of times online in China after the uncensored version that played everywhere else in the world was leaked.  Focus Features Intl. handled pre-sales, which padded out the remainder of the $102 million budget.  Warner Bros paid $15 million to distribute the film in the US and a handful of other territories.  Cloud Atlas disappointed in the US after a solid marketing spend and a prestige IMAX release with a $9,612,247 opening weekend, which was led by Argo in its third weekend in release — also distributed by Warner Bros.  Audiences gave Cloud Atlas a poor C+ cinemascore and it was out of release with a final gross of $27,108,272.  Warner Bros would see back about $14.9 million after theaters take their cut, leaving part of the P&A costs and the acquisition price in the red.  The film posted an ok $12.6 million in Tykwer’s home country Germany.  With a worldwide gross of $130.4 million on a $102 million budget, Cloud Atlas certainly posted poor numbers for a budget that size, but with so many entities investing, the risk was pooled across all of them and some came out ahead and others did not recoup.