|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
Produced by: Tom Tykwer
Produced by: Andy & Lana Wachowski
This 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.