Won't Back Down

Budget: $19 million (estimated) Financed by: Walden Media
Domestic Gross: $5,310,554 Domestic Distributor: FOX
Overseas Gross: $120,932
Directed by: Daniel Barnz
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Viola Davis
Produced by: Mark Johnson

won't back down box officeFinanced by Walden Media for $19 million, though some estimates put it closer to $25 million, the inspirational education drama Won’t Back Down was released in the US by FOX to 2,515 empty theaters.  At the time of release, Won’t Back Down posted the worst opening ever in over 2,500 theaters with $2,603,370 and a per screen average of $1,035 — in 2015 Victor Frankenstein took the honors for worst opening.  A controversy over the premise of parents taking over a failing school, brought boycotts and ire from education unions and teachers and mixed to poor reviews didn’t help the limited appeal.  Won’t Back Down fell  61% in its second weekend to $1,016,157 and promptly lost most of its theater count and closed its terrible run with $5,310,554.  The film was sent straight to video or to TV in the few territories it found release and managed a tiny theatrical release a few small markets to $120,932.  The only major market to release Won’t Back Down was the UK, where Disney distributed the the film and dumped it in 10 theaters for one week to $1,163.