Broken City

Budget: $35 million Financed by: New Regency; Emmett/Furla
Domestic Gross: $19,701,164 Domestic Distributor: FOX
Overseas Gross: $14,778,881
Directed by: Allen Hughes
Mark Wahlberg
Russell Crowe
Produced by: Randall Emmett
Produced by: George Furla

broken city box officeThe first business deal that the new CEO of New Regency Brad Weston made was to co-finance Broken City with Emmett/Furla.  The $35 million film was the beginning of the major equity source Emmett/Furla’s remodeling into highbrow entertainment rather than schlocky, violent projects and it was the script that propelled this film forward for the company.  The script would turn out to be a huge problem when critics destroyed the film and audiences gave Broken City an unenthusiastic B cinemascore.  20th Century Fox picked up US rights and opened the film January 18th, when better reviewed adult fare, like Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook were expanding after award nominations and the Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe film flopped for the weekend with $8,268,908 in 2,620 theaters.  Broken City had weak legs at the box office and dropped 51.4% in its second weekend to $4,019,558 and closed its disappointing run with $19,701,164 — leaving Fox with about $10.8 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which does not even cover half of the P&A costs.  StudioCanal purchased UK and France distribution rights and the film did all of $318k in France and a poor $1,741,726 in the UK.  The overseas total was an estimated $14.7 million across numerous distributors.